We are now officially into the final week of February, which means that the NHL trade deadline is vastly approaching.
Actually, the trade deadline is less than a week away. For the Boston Bruins, the hope is that they take what happened in Chicago on Sunday afternoon with a grain of salt. Of course we have to look at a 6-2 victory over one of the best teams in the Western Conference as impressive, but ANY team can have a good night (and bad night if you are a fan of the Blackhawks). They still finished the five-game road trip with only one victory.
The B's organization should look at the victory with an even bigger need to do something major next week. With David Krejci sidelined for four to six weeks with a partially torn MCL, it is a no-brainer at this point.
Update On David Krejci
The Bruins were looking for the third victory of the month on Tuesday night when they finally returned home to the TD Garden. They were in action against the Vancouver Canucks, a team that knocked them off in the first game of the road trip.
Earning a split in the season series was in reach. Now, let's talk about the game.
Gregory Campbell will be out of the lineup for at least a week with an upper-body injury. Once again, Tuukka Rask was between the pipes for Boston.
The Bruins took it to the Canucks in the first period. With fresh legs in the lineup against an ailing Vancouver team, it was as if the Canucks did not know what had hit them. Daniel Paille netted his second goal of the season just a minute into the period. That lead was short lived as Ryan Stanton beat Rask just two minutes later.
In the second period, the B's were the dominant team yet again. They had three power play chances, but failed to capitalize on all of them. If it were not for Canucks goaltender Eddie Lack, the game would not have been as close as it was. He ended up stopping 40 shots on the night against Boston. Despite their lack of chances, the B's allowed their opponent to take the lead during a mental breakdown in the neutral zone.
Even though there was a late rush by the B's, Lack was there to shut things down. Boston fell at home on this night by a score of 2-1. Wasted opportunities was definitely the theme on this night.
The Bruins will end the week with a back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday. Their opponents will be the New Jersey Devils and the Arizona Coyotes, respectively.
Gold Star: Torey Krug...He used what brought him to the dance in this game. He recorded a team-high six shots on net, generating lots of scoring chances.
Black Star: Jordan Caron...Useless, plain and simple.
Game Sixty Box Score