It really does seem like everything is coming off its hinges as we know it. We certainly are not used to the Boston Bruins playing this way, not to mention the number of casualties they have suffered so far this season.
This past Tuesday night, the B's lost another staple on the blue line. Torey Krug will be out of action for 2-3 weeks with a broken finger. Joe Morrow and David Warsofsky were both recalled from Providence to fill his void back there.
With all due respect, who knows if that will even work at this point?
Aside from the injury to Krug, the Bruins are in dire straights because we do not know where their heads are. They seem psychologically fragile, and it showed during their 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday. Blowing a lead is never a good look.
Luckily, they had a familiar opponent on Thursday. The Black and Gold took on the Buffalo Sabres in what was already their second meeting in Buffalo this season.
Bruins head coach Claude Julien mixed up the bottom three lines in order to get some sort of spark out of a handful of struggling players...and that list could go on for awhile.
After a scoreless first period, the action started to pick up in the second period. Both teams had enormous struggles getting any sort of rhythm going right out of the shoot, so things dragged and became mind numbing for a bit of time. The Sabres beat Niklas Svedberg twice in the period, with Adam McQuaid recording a goal for the Bruins sandwiched in between. The Sabres scored on the power play and just as the B's power play expired, respectively.
The physical play picked up in the final 20 minutes, with the mindset that the teams knew that the game was on the line. Boston dominated the period from a puck-possession standpoint, as well as getting some great looks on net. The B's eventually broke through on a goal by Brad Marchand to tie the game.
In overtime, who else? Marchand blasted home the game winner after the Bruins spent the entire opening minute of overtime in the Sabres zone. It was just a matter of time at that point. The Bruins get a much needed victory on the road.
The Bruins will begin a four-game homestand, starting on Saturday when they take on the Ottawa Senators.
Gold Star: Brad Marchand...He was one of the struggling players who found his game in this one. He had two goals and an assist in a game where he actually made himself existent.
Black Star: David Warsofsky...He is getting used to the NHL early on this season, so the rust was evident.
Game Twelve Box Score