Although we are still a few days away from the midway point of the NHL season, we did reach one milestone on Tuesday night.
The Boston Bruins hosted the New York Islanders in what was the final game of 2013. This past calendar year has been very memorable for the Bruins. Some of the highlights included sweeping the Pittsburgh Penguins en route to a Stanley Cup appearance and handing out well-deserved contract extensions to the core players.
However, this past month has been rough. The injuries have been piling up like never before, even though they got some of their players back (Adam McQuaid and Daniel Paille). With Dennis Seidenberg done for the year, the Bruins needed to respond to the naysayers out there and prove that this team is still for real.
The Islanders are never a pushover and Tuesday night was just another example of that statement. For the B's, Zdeno Chara made his return to the lineup after missing the last game with an injury.
As it turned out, his dominance did not stand a chance against those slick Isles. Even though the Bruins held the lead, they ended up falling by a final score of 5-3. John Tavares had a four-point night for New York. On a positive note for the Bruins, David Krejci recorded his 100th career goal in the first period of this game.
It was too bad that they could not send the fans home happy in this one. Now that 2013 is behind us, look for 2014 to be a huge year for Boston.
The Bruins will continue their three-game homestand on Thursday night against the Nashville Predators.
Gold Star: David Krejci...His play was solid on a memorable night for the top-line center.
Black Star: Tuukka Rask...Even though the defense was not great in front of him, five goals is five goals.