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Monday, March 17, 2008

Monday Afternoon Reactions

OK, this wasn't a bad weekend at all from the Bruins. Two games against teams that are right in the thick of the playoff race just like the B's are. With an inspiring and confidence building 3-2 OT win over Philly on Saturday and the hard luck shootout loss to the Capitals yesterday, three out of a possible four points were earned.

Just when you think this team couldn't frustrate you anymore, they come back with two passionate performances. In some ways this team reminds me in ways of last year's squad, who was always madingly inconsistent, accept this year the success comes around a bit more often.

There are a few positives that you can take from this weekend. One, the Bruins have shown two weekends in a row now that they can get up for big games. Two, this team has the uncanny ability to make up for holes left by injuries. Zdeno Chara's absence for the past five games has hurt, but the defense has been able to stem the bleeding a bit. The good news is that Chara sounds like he should be back very soon. Three, goaltending has stepped it up when it matters most. Alex Auld has been nothing short of fantastic in his recent stretch of games while Tim Thomas was struggling. Thomas appears to be fine now, but Auld has bailed the B's out now on two separate occassions this season (the first being when he was acquired from Phoenix when Fernandez went down).

Still, this team is not without its issues. The offense has continued to be horribly underperforming with Chuck Kobasew appearing to be the only forward that has brushed off the month long slump. The B's are playing their own little version of Russian Roulette with their season if they continue to score 1 or 2 goals and take games to overtime and shootouts. As it stands today, with 83 points, the Bruins hold a 4 point lead over the 9th place Sabres and the streaking Panthers.

In other B's news, this Thursday should be a classic matchup against the Habs at the Garden. The only thing that could make this game more hyped is if it were on a Saturday night. I fully expect the place to be sold out and I am going to do my hardest to get some tickets. This team is fully aware of their struggles (putting it lightly) against the Habs this year. In order earn some respect and legitimacy for a playoff spot, they absolutely have to win 1, if not, both games of the home and home this Thursday and Saturday. Be expecting a highly physical, highly contested game by both clubs since the remaining games are just as important for both.

Random Thought: It's amazing to look at the standings and see that both the New Jersey Devils AND the New York Rangers have scored less goals than the Bruins this season. The only difference? Goaltending. The Devils and Rangers have given up a collective 68 less goals than our hometown B's. Argue all you want, but Martin Brodeur is definitely one of the greatest goaltenders of all time.

7 Comments:

Blogger own said...

Hi Bruins fans!

The problem is not the Bruins get the playoffs it's in what condition... I don't want to see Bruins in playoff to see them loss every game.

I want to see Bruins in the playoff if they can be able to finnish ahead Otawa or Montreal and it is not impossible, we will have games head to head...

Bruins have to get playoffs with more than they are offering us at this time!

As you say Kobasew is our card but he alone can do all the job...

Greetings from Barcelona!

1:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look like we've come full circle back to November, when Kobasew is the one putting them in. Watch for big Z to come back Thursday, Savard and Murray to click and we should win 7 of the final 10. Bergy might make a come back and that could spark them with envigorated play. Never lose faith. Bruins will finish 6th and face Carolina, Washington or Florida in the first round.

1:46 PM  
Anonymous mook said...

Magic number = 7

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fernandez has been cleared to full practice and play.

6:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello fellow fans, is it at all possible we will get Bergy back in the lineup before the end of the season????

8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i think no
bergy probably out entire season
but i hope he come back soon
because the team needs him

12:05 PM  
Blogger Federko said...

What day of the week is it???

12:28 PM  

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