Saturday, February 1, 2014

Games 53-54: We Meet Again (x2)

Six goals in three-straight games for the Black and Gold. The Boston Bruins are on a tremendous role right now and it will be hard for most teams to slow them down. 

With that being said, their opponent on Thursday night might be a worthy challenger of the previous statement. The B's continued their homestand against the Montreal Canadiens. The rivalry was renewed. 

It has been awhile since we witnessed these two bitter foes exchange a hateful spewing of infectives at one another. In fact, early December was the last time these two teams saw each other. The Habs edged out the B's up in Montreal, so this one was all about breaking even. 

Thursday night's game was one of the more disappointing ones in recent memory. Tuukka Rask was back in goal for the Bruins and he opposed Peter Budaj. 

This game brought out the best in Montreal and the worst in Boston. The Bruins got outworked in every facet of the game. The Canadiens went on to win this game by a final score of 4-1. The B's used both goaltenders after Rask was pulled immediately following the third goal. 

The calls did not go the Bruins way, but they were very sloppy and the forwards did not play effectively in all three zones. This was certainly a tough home loss. The Bruins are now winless in their last five games against Montreal. 

Also, the Bruins played host to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday afternoon. Oilers defenseman and captain Andrew Ference was welcomed back with a great reception. That guy will always be a Bruin. Both sides have mutual respect for one another. Why have it any other way with a fan favorite? Anyway, let's briefly discuss the game. 

Aside from that monumental occurrence, not much else happened for the Oilers on this day as the Bruins cruised to a 4-0 victory. They scored two power play goals and played much better overall. The offense, anemic as it was on Thursday, looked like it was back to form (albeit against a team who is in last place). 

The Bruins will play their next game on Tuesday night against the Vancouver Canucks.

Gold Star: Patrice Bergeron...His usual solid and hard effort never goes unnoticed. 

Black Star: Tuukka Rask...He was pulled in the first game after allowing three soft goals, which was the last image we saw of him over these two games.

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