Good morning, everyone! The Bruins are back home tonight against the Blue Jackets after a successful road trip. Here’s hoping they can start converting some of that road success onto home ice!
NBC Sports had a couple of nice pieces during their Hockey Day In America coverage night. One is an interview with Denna Laing and her return to the ice in a wheelchair. The other is about Doc Emrick’s visit with his hockey broadcasting mentor. I highly recommend watching both.
The Maple Leafs got an early start to their fire sale, trading Shawn Matthias to Colorado for a fourth round pick and a minor league prospect. The Leafs currently have 12 draft picks in the 2016 Entry Draft, and the record is 13 in a 7-round draft. With plenty of pieces still for sale, expect the Leafs to blow past that record by the trade deadline.
McQuaid & Roussel got into a “discussion”. With their fists!
I’m gonna pretend I didn’t like that.
(No I’m not)
Bruins made 16 SOG to Stars’ 8. Scoring chances were there.
A scoring flurry by the Bruins, tied it up, with goals by Brad Marchand (Bringing him to 30 on the season – a personal best!), and Kevan Miller. Then Loui Eriksson had a brief encounter with our old nemesis “No Goal!”.
But on review, the puck went in on a shot that happened “before the whistle” (which I don’t think anyone actually blew). Meanwhile everyone watching was trying to figure out if it went in off a kicking skate or a stick tip.
The officials were… just… inexplicable when dealing with goal reviews.
Bruins screwed 3x out of 4 on reviews by this officiating crew. (Even the Stars player interviewed at intermission commented that Bruins had something to be unhappy about there)
Now they have no timeout and are trailing 3-1.
Can we hire Q or Roy to yell at the refs? Claude clearly doesn’t want to get his hands dirty, but was still dropping Fbombs like they were going out of style.
The game isn’t out of reach, but it will be an uphill battle to come back from 2 down given an unsympathetic officiating crew and an opponent than can quickly get behind the defense.
The Bruins are in really, really, really southern Minnesota for their meeting with the Dallas Minnesota North Stars. Of Dallas. Both teams must just be lost. I can’t imagine this “Dallas” thing will last…
There’s a North Stars Alumni game coming up today, and Minnesota hockey fans are really confused.
Be it in Minnesota or Dallas (I get them confused) Tonight we get to see the Bruins’ semi-annual reunion with Bruins Alumnus Tyler Seguin.
The Boston Bruins have exceeded the expectations of many prognisticators and have put themselves into a strong position to make the playoffs heading into the February 29 trade deadline. However, despite the strides made this season, they have significant deficiencies on defense that must be addressed if they want more than a one-round playoff run.
It’s clear what the Bruins’ need is: defensive help, particularly at the #3-#4 defenseman spots. The Bruins have the 3rd-best offense in the league, so acquiring an offensive defenseman doesn’t help much. They’re looking for stability in their own end. What are the defensive options available? What can the Bruins offer? What might be their game plan? Who might be willing trade partners?