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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Bruins Fall: New Jersey

New Jersey-5

The Bruins played horrible, and likely so they lost. The offense was flat and off, the defense was that bad, but they weren't great. Thomas played subpar and Toivonen had his bright spots, and his bad.

The bright spot was Zdeno Chara holding Brian Gionta's helmet like a little kid. Thats worth the price of admission right there. Andrew Alberts also played a great game, throwing around the body.

The style of the Bruins offense is all you needed to see, to see why the Bruins lost. When they are struggling, they do a dump and run style offense which always kills me. It never works. You need to take the puck through the zones with control. The Bruins did not derserve to win this game and that is why they lost. And for those who said NJ had no offense, think again.

3 stars:
1. Martin Brodeur
2. Patrick Elias
3. Jamie Langenbrunner
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Segeri Brylin, Hannu Toivonen, Marc Savard


Marc Savard (7) from Jurcina(1) and Bergeron (19)

New Jersey:
Jay Pandolfo (4) from Brylin (4) and Madden (8)
Jamie Langenbrunner (11) from Zajac (9) and Elias (15)
Erik Rasmussen (1) from Gionta (9) and Martin (7)
Patrick Elias (9) from Gomez (16) and Oduya (4)
Sergei Brylin (4) from Pandolfo (5) and Madden (9)


Blogger Latrappe said...

I think Toivonnen will come around. But the team was doomed after 1 trailing 2-0 against Brodeur. When you fac that kind of goaltending, your margin of error in non-existant. The B's were guilty of lots of thing and i liked what i saw from Toivonnen; especially when he take the full responsability for that 3rd goal.

York had a very bad game and i wonder, for how long, Lewis will be able to justify his presence in the roster with Mark Stuart and Matt Lashoff ready to go. I think Toivonnen should start to next game. Thomas need a night off.

9:34 AM  
Anonymous BosBrn77 said...

The Bruins got out played, start to finish! They did not deserve to win this game even if Thomas or Toivonnen stole it. I agree with the comment on the dump and chase... it drives me insane. This doesn't work, especially against a team like New Jersey! They swarm the puck anyway.
I think Hannu played well. The first goal he let in was soft, but the others I can't really fault him on. I also think they should start him in the next game to try and get his confidence up.
My biggest complaint in the game though, were non-calls! There were so many calls that New Jersey got away with. I saw a blatant slash on Savard in the third, the check on Donovan that looked just like the penalty Alberts got, and at least another half dozen infractions that went unseen! All I ask is for the calls to be fair. Call everything.... or call nothing!
York needs to be playing in Providence. He is a good spare, but I think he should be a filler for a guy who needs a night off. I'd rather have Mark Stuart's youth a grit out there then York and his new tiger striped knee brace! Lashoff and Dempsey are upgrades on him as well.

10:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For me the word that best describes last night's game is: dissapointing. Toivanen looked pretty sharp at first then along came that truly soft goal. Maybe it was just a bad break, but it was the last thing he needed in terms of confidence. The B's really need another capable goaltender!

I was also dissapointed in the officiating. There seems to be a move afoot again not to call everything and I think that's very misguided. You simply can't call or not call a penalty based on where it takes place on the ice. Too many shades of gray. And to do it on the sly, without clearly stating to everyone what will be called is simply crazy! The players need to know what is a penalty and what is not. From what I could tell it had something to do with which Jersey you were wearing...

I was also dissapointed in the first and second lines. We need PJ back!

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Jersey has no offence.

My statement is proven statistically so why debate it. Historically they have had scorers, but I am talking about an overall goal per game stat. If a team has no overall offensive ability it does not mean they can't have offensive outburst type games.

The Devils are 27th in the league in scoring (per game). That means they have no offence. This statement has nothing to say about their ability on the PP, PK, defence, or goaltending. It is purely a reflection of THEIR OFFENCE.

We lost last night not because they had a good night offensively but because we had a bad night in every category mentioned above. We gave New Jersey offence! I don't care if they have players like Gomez, Gionta, Elias, blah blah. They have been ordinary this year.

12:11 PM  
Blogger Latrappe said...

My biggest complaint in the game though, were non-calls.

Agreed and that's why Stephen Walkum was at the BOG meeting and have to explain where to officiating is going. It's kind of an hybrid system between and the OLD and the NEW nhl. There is too many calls regarding high sticks, spearing and charging who are overlooked.

Agreed on the dump and chase too. In order to be succesful, your team have to rely on speed, grits and tougness. Right now, the team have speed on 3 lines but i don't think that Chistov, Kessel and Tenkrat can hold the fort on the tougness issue. The DMP can take that role but Primeau and Mowers are not speedy enough to make the dump and chase effective.

12:16 PM  
Anonymous Jim said...

Hannu and Mark Stuart sent to Providence just to let you know

1:45 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

Yeah you can prove is statistically, but you have to take into consideration the talent. It isn't like the Flyers with 0 offensive talent after Forsberg, Gagne and Knuble. They have great players and gritty players. The Devils offense is as good as the Bruins. The offense is their, but just isn't performing.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The Devils offense is as good as the Bruins. The offense is their, but just isn't performing."

I'd say that not only that, but their style of play is very defensive, so they aren't going to be a huge scoring team.

3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok so you guys are saying that the Devils are just not scoring because they don't have to?? Don't be ridiculous.

I didn't say they didn't have talent. If the talent is not scoring then they have no scoring. I understand that there is a possibility that the players will "break out" in some games.

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe lewis will realize his theory of letting the opponent outshoot you 2-1 will not always work. maybe against shitty teams but not against a team with a good goalie. also the theory that we can sit back and hope things happen does look so good either does it lewis?

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know what team you have been watching Mr. anonymous. I think Lewis is doing a great job.

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

haha when u get outshot 2-1 every single game and barely pull out the W, I do not consider that a great job.

6:32 PM  

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