Big win in Boston
Celebrating the Bruins’ first of three goals in a 3-0 shutout of the Blackhawks.
Goals by Chara, Boychuk and Horton. Boom. With that, the Bruins triumphed over an initially springy but later lethargic Blackhawks squad. The Bruins were sharp and took only two penalties. Allowing Chicago any time on the power-play could have altered the course of the game considerably. But Tim Thomas looked strong in net and the Bruins are looking better and better in terms of peeling apart defensive systems and allowing their goalies the time and space to act and think the play through. This is important come playoff time, when the intensity rises and chaos around the crease mounts. Having Andrew Ference back in the line-up has helped the team tremendously. For all the upside of Steven Kampfer, and no doubt he will be a bona fide NHLer soon enough and a great one at that, he’s still raw. Not Matt Bartkowski raw, but, raw enough that he poses a risk to the team. With a few more games under their belts, the Bruins might consider putting in Kampfer, Hnidy and perhaps even calling up Bartkowski, so as to give players like McQuaid and Seidenberg, who log huge minutes each night, a rest. Not to mention the fact injuries to major d-men have plagued countless teams in the playoffs in recent years—a little seasoning just in case wouldn’t be a terrible idea. Mark Recchi surpassed Paul Coffey last night in another major milestone.
The only downside of last night? Shawn Thornton took Fernando Pisani’s skate to the forehead. But he looks to heal up ahead of the playoffs. Some rest for the rough and tumble fourth-liner wouldn’t be the worst thing. He’s played more games this season than he has in any season in his NHL career. Folks are questioning whether he may switch to a visor, but I think, based on who he is, that’s likely out of the question.
Now, the Maple Leafs, Thursday night. Uh-oh.