The Wild came all the way back tonight to beat the Bruins 4-3 in TD Garden. I feel the Bruins can take a lesson from the Wild about looking in a mirror and deciding how you need to play and what kind of effort it takes to win. The Bruins didn't have room for excuses. The Wild played the night before, the Wild lost in the third period, the Wild got in late and didn't get a full nights sleep and the Wild got ruffed up pretty good by the Rangers physically. Yet it was the Wild that came out hard and down 3-1 after two, came out in the third period, took control of the game and wanted the win. They outshot the Bruins 18-8 in the period and got the win they deserved and the Bruins are left to look in the mirror. I'm wondering to a man, what the Bruins see?
Tuukka Rask at times during the game was fantastic. He deserved better support, but he's not playing well enough to earn or instill the confidence of the team. The team needs to play as if the nets empty every shift and not expect the goalies to save their bacon every game. Allowing 42 shots on net in your own building is shameful and 18 in the third.
I'm glad Seth Griffith got two goals, I'm glad Milan Lucic looks involved and had a power play goal, I'm glad the penalty kill was effective again tonight, but , they're small stolen moments of an incomplete game. The second line hasn't and couldn't finish again and at times the third line gets hemmed in it's own end. Can't blame the fourth line, because they barely got past nine minutes of ice time. Matt Bartkowski and Zach Trotman weren't on the ice very much either, so why are we playing a short bench against a weary team? This was a heaven sent night to roll all four lines and three pairs of defense to stay fresh and wear the other team down.
Note to Claude Julien, you can't win games just playing 4 defensemen and 9 forwards. This wasn't just about effort and compete, it was also about wearing out fresh legs at the end of the game. Kelly and Eriksson looked gassed in the last 10 minutes of the game. Frankly, the fourth line has been a better scoring line than your second line, why aren't they getting more minutes? They are at least showing up on the scoresheet.
Well Thursday's a new opportunity against a team you should overwhelm, but I'm wondering if we can beat Buffalo two times in a row. If we get tonight's effort and the Coach sticks to the same game plan, we could see a repeat of tonight. I wouldn't be surprised if we see more of the same, we haven't beat anyone except the Sharks and the teams we've lost to, were beatable.
Until Next Time!