The Boston Bruins had a mixed bag of a week, finally crawling over the .500 mark with a record of 3 wins and 1 loss. They picked up two wins on the road in Toronto 4-1 and Buffalo 3-2 in OT. They also were one win and one loss at home, losing to Minnesota 4-3 and winning against Ottawa 4-2. The Bruins record now stands at 7 wins against 6 losses.
Some of the highlightes of the week were three games with two goal performances by Seth Griffith against the Wild, Brad Marchand against the Sabres and Matt Fraser against the Senators. Tuukka Rask had two wins and Niklas Svedberg one win as the goalies round into form and some of the defensemen have been contributing regularly with fine performances as Doug Hamilton had a goal and two assists versus Toronto and Dennis Seidenberg scored his first against Ottawa. Milan Lucic has found his game in the last 5 games and seems to be making his physical impact felt, that was missing to start the season and Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith have picked it up over the last week as the second line had been missing in action. Marchand has three goals in his last two games!. The return to the ice of Matt Fraser last night was a welcome surprise and he wasted little time announcing that the Bruins need to make room for his shot and sense around the net as he scored 2 goals after missing 8 games as the extra forward. His pop could perk up Carl Soderbergh who has surprised everyone to date with his three goals and seven assists and leads the team currently in scoring.
Some of the lowlightes have revolved around injuries as we lost Torey Krug for 2-3 weeks with a broken finger to make the loss of Kevan Miller (Shoulder) and Zdeno Chara (PCL injury) more glaring. Unexpectedly David Krejci didn't dress against Ottawa at the last minute and perhaps he is injured although the Bruins have not disclosed why at this time. The big hit against the Bruins since the start of the season has been the ability to play 60 minutes of hockey at a high enough tempo. Though the Bruins look to be slowly coming around, they have looked their best against teams they are considered better than and as the injuries have piled up, the good news is that they play against several of those style teams the next few weeks. Hopefully we'll start to get some players back as the competition intensifies. Efforts by David Warsofsksi, Zach Trotman and Joe Morrow have lessened the blows of injury with fine basic skill play with the injuries on defense.
It was reported last night unofficially that Coach Claude Julien has signed a three year extension with the team as Headcoach. He is currently the second longest tendered coach in the NHL and second winningest coach of the Bruins all-time.
The Bruins will be playing 12 games in November with nine of those games at home. This week it's the return of Shawn Thornton and the Florida Panthers on Thursday. Former Bruin Andy Ference will lead the Edmonton Oilers in on Thursday before catching a three day break over the weekend before facing former Bruins Jaromir Jagr and Michael Ryder a week from tomorrow against New Jersey.
Until Next Time!