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Friday, October 06, 2006

B's Crushed in by Panthers

Latrappe's take:

After a very busy offseason and a complete front office overhaul, the fans expected the best from their team. Tonight's game was a nightmare and the result was UGLY. 8-3 Panthers. Let's look at some highlights.

- I though that the B's would have learned from last year regarding the penalty box. Well, after 10 min, the team was in penalty trouble and gave a 5 on 3. Let's face it, guilty pleasures are tough to quit and that's why they gave 5, yes, you read it right, 5 powerplay goals.

- Before this season, we all knew that Thomas could be Dr.J ekyll or Mr.Hyde. Well, tonight, it was Mr.Hyde. Thomas was shaky on a couple of goals and was complaining to the offical instead of concentrate to keep the puck out of his net. In fact, he let 7 pucks go through before taking the gate. Wake up Tim, the season is under way!

- The defensive play was ugly. Too many mistakes in all three zones and D-man were way too soft in front of their net. Florida's forwards had a lot of fun, all night long. A night to forget. The team got in penalty trouble early, the goaltending was shaky and the overall performance poor. Let's forget this one and start again tomorrow.

PS: Here's a clue: Thomas won't start tomorrow.

Matt's take:

To sum it all up, they sucked. The offense was not great, but that did not really have time to get into a rythm all game. There was WAY to many penalties, is this the Bruins of last year? The PK unit failed to shut down Florida's PP. 5 PP goals allowed, I thought Lewish worked on special teams. The defense was HORRIBLE, and gave up way to many pucks in their own end. That was a key to winning.

Tim Thomas...sucked! What hot streak in the preseason? MOC great extension. Expect Toivonen tomorrow.

I have said this before, I am not sold on this defense. Obviously it is better than last years, but I don't think it will hold up. Jurcina and M Stuart are out, who are both key members of this defense. You have Chara, Mara, and Stuart, but we still need one more solid guy to take this defense to the next level. You are still going into the year with 3 unprovens. Alberts, Stuart, and Jurcina. How do we know that all of them can play a full season, and be able to perform? This looks like the problem last year. It would not surprise me to see them sign Leetch or trade a draft pick for a defenseman on the block.

But that said, it is the first game of the season, lets not kill the season after one game. 81 to go...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

well put guys!!!! It only one game, put it behide us and look forward to tomorrow's game.....Hopefully they will learn from there costly mistakes they made tonight and put in a better effort.....BigBadBruins

12:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bruins will probably lose tomorrow to.. I predict 8-0!

12:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One bad game by Thomas and suddenly he's a loser and a bad signing. Give me a break, let's have a little more patience and respect for his wonderful performance last year and in the playoffs.

2:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

pre season that is, not playoffs of course

2:23 AM  
Blogger Latrappe said...

Good'ol anonymous Leafs fan.. I think that it was your team who was outscored 29-7 in a three game span, last year? I think you have a very good experience of what a blowout is; isn't?

8:53 AM  
Blogger Latrappe said...

No one says that Thomas is a loser. The only thing i said is that he was very shaky which, is the truth.

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

first of all 1 game...with 14 guys who have not played together before. they looked lost at times and this is what happens with this many new faces.

thomas was fine on all but the 2nd goal.

so why did the bruins lose?
power play against 4-6. power play for 1-8.

patrice bergeron played awful. he was a -2. he had 6 missed shots (florida's team had 8) and he may have had that many stopped before they got to the net. one of his missed shots lead directly to a goal going the other way.

things to change:
i do not like the d pairings mara and stuart should not play together one of them needs to be paired with chara. tonight i would hope for chara and mara, stuart and jurciana, alberts and york.

high lights - for the first two periods the bruins looked like the dominant 5v5 team and beat florida to most pucks.

the first line looks like it will be a threat.

chara looks to be as advertised, big and usually poised with the puck.


10:24 AM  
Blogger TreeBob said...

Yeah I agree with neb. Thomas was by no means the reason the Bruins lost yesterday. He was totally let down in everyway by his defencemen last night.

I find most Bruins fans in general dislike Thomas. I'm not really sure why to be honest. He has been nothing short of amazing if you ask me. He certainly was a top 10 goalie last season, and he continued in the pre-season. His goals against was average (last year) only due to a shitty defence. Save percentage though was amazing.

You are basically contradicting yourselves by saying the defence was "horrible" and then the next sentence saying Thomas "sucked". Well duh! Thomas "sucked" because his defence is "horrible". He is not Brodeur, no one ever thought he was, but he is solid.

Goaltending has never really been the reason the Bruins are bad. It has always been the D. Certainly Thomas wasn't stellar, but let's face it nobody else was either.

4:05 PM  

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