Saturday, February 11, 2012
Game Fifty Three: Preds Give B's All They Can Handle
In regards to the Bruins recent "slump" they are going through right now, everyone is overreacting just a little bit. We are spoiled enough to support a team who is so used to winning that when they drop three out of four games, panic ensues.
This is more like a bump if anything. The Bruins proved it was nothing more than that on Saturday afternoon when they defeated the Nashville Predators at the TD Garden. The final score was 4-3 in a shootout.
The top two Norris Trophy candidates were on the ice in this game as Shea Weber and Zdeno Chara led their teams into battle. Weber was the one who recorded a goal in this one, but it was in a losing effort.
Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Paille, and Milan Lucic were the goal scorers for the Bruins in regulation. Tim Thomas was not stellar in this one stopping only 19 shots. It was enough to get the job done though. Tyler Seguin and Bergeron had the shootout goals after a scoreless overtime.
The Bruins tested Preds goaltender Pekka Rinne throughout this game by unloading 41 shots on him. If it was not for him the game might not have even gotten as far as it did. This victory for Boston sets up a good game on Tuesday night against the New York Rangers.
Gold Star: Milan Lucic (1 goal, 7 shots on goal)...He is starting to click with his new linemates.
Black Star: Adam McQuaid...The delay of game penalty is becoming his new favorite minor penalty to take.