With only 9 games to go in the NHL regular season, Boston is in a tight spot. Dropping 2 in a row against the Buffalo Sabres and the Pittsburgh Penguins at this stage is not a luxury they can afford if they hope to stay in the playoff race. After winning their last 2 games, The New York Rangers are now within striking distance of the Bruins, just 4 points behind them in fifth place in the East. Of course, Boston still has 2 games in hand on the surging Rangers. Losing is a bad idea.
Yesterday, the Bruins locked into a defensive battle against the Pittsburgh Penguins. They had trouble getting through the neutral zone. When they did, they found passing lanes blocked. While they had a healthy 30 shots on goal, they couldn’t make even one of them count on the scoreboard.
The teams were evenly matched throughout the game, each having issues scoring 5-on-5. And it was truly 5-on-5 during the entire first two periods. At 4:03 in the third, Jake Guentzel got one by Jeremy Swayman glove side. It would be the only goal of the game.
Took some time but Jake Guentzel (@jakenbake20) finally breaks the ice in the third!
— NHL (@NHL) April 25, 2021
Among the 70 goalies in the NHL that have logged at least 350 minutes of ice time this season, Jeremy Swayman ranks first with a .915 save percentage on high-danger shots.
Swayman standing tall against plenty of Grade-A looks, breakaways and rebound chances.
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) April 25, 2021
The game almost succeeded without penalty until Jake Guentzel took a stick on his visor from Patrice Bergeron and proceeded to win the best dramatic actor in a game. I wish I had a gif of it but I just couldn’t find it. It didn’t matter because as I mentioned earlier, no further goals were scored.
The Bruins cannot afford to lose again on Tuesday night. Jeremy Swayman played an excellent game and while the team in front of him also played an excellent defensive game, it’s time for the group to show off that scoring panache they’ve had when they put 6 on the Caps last Sunday. Now is the time to win, boys!