These are troubling time to be a Bruins fan. Upon return from the bye week, the Bruins have played their first two games to OT, losing both in the extra period. Something isn’t working well enough to win the games in regulation.
A looming trade deadline (February 25th!) is not helping the Bruins right now either. Boston media and fans aline are calling for some crazy ass trades that involve several young Bruins players for veteran players like Artemi Panarin and Wayne Simmonds. While upgrading talent and skill would be great, is there anything that the Bruins can do to improve their chances of beating Tampa Bay? Probably not.
With that, let’s talk about the Bruins week in easily digestible terms.
Tuukka Rask returned to duty after only missing one game with a concussion. Of course, the extended break from the bye week and ASG helped his recuperation. According to something Jack Edwards said last night, a week on the beach in the Caribbean also aided his recovery. That is some concussion protocol.
Tuukka looked pretty sharp last night in the loss saving 38 out of 41 shots, allowing 3 goals, one of which was the game-winning power play goal in OT. Still .927 save percentage upon return from a concussion is not too shabby.
The Bruins got two out of four possible points this week.
The lack of secondary scoring is killing the Bruins right now. This week, the B’s scored 5 goals which can be attributed to two players, both of which play on the top line and with the first power play unit: David Pastrnak (3) and Patrice Bergeron (2).
The worst is yet to come: the Bruins face the Capitals in Washington in a Sunday matinee game on NBC. That probably means Doc, Eddie, and this guy:
“Tampa’s going to be on your left, Pittsburgh’s going to be on your right … we’re paying you to be an analyst, not be a fan tonight.”
— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) January 31, 2019
So much Gritty from which to choose. How about this from the ASG last weekend, doing what we expect Gritty to do, kill off other mascots.
— NHL GIFs (@NHLGIFs) January 31, 2019