It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway, the Boston Bruins played their worst game of the season in their 6-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. Fortunately for them, their next two games were both at home and against a below average Columbus Blue Jackets team and a New York Rangers team they have dominated recently.
The Bruins looked to be in good shape against the Rangers when they scored a little over halfway through the first period. Brad Marchand was on the receiving end of a very nice pass from a pinching Zdeno Chara. Marchand did not waste Chara’s pass as he ripped a snap shot from just below the right faceoff dot past Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist high glove side. Boston’s lead did not last long as the Rangers scored just 1:22 after Marchand’s goal and again 1:22 after their first goal.
The play in the first period seemed to be pretty loose by both teams and during the first intermission the coaches for each team must have realized this because the second period was played at a much slower pace. The Bruins looked much better playing in a more structured style of play that the second period brought.
The score remained 2-1 despite the Bruins getting the better of the play in the second period. Boston gained even more momentum when their captain dropped the gloves. Chara’s fight brought everyone in the TD Garden to their feet and the team’s play in the third period kept them there.
After a Patrice Bergeron goal tied the score at 2-2, the Bruins finally regained the lead at 11:05 of the third period. Once again it was the team’s captain who brought the crowd to their feet. Chara took a slap shot from the high slot and Lundqvist was not able to react quickly enough to save the puck before it got past the netminder’s five-hole. Boston was able to keep New York from scoring another goal, winning 3-2.
Having somewhat erased the poor showing in Detroit with a win against New York, the Bruins were back on the ice the very next night. Even though their opponent, the Columbus Blue Jackets, are not having a very good season, anytime the Bruins’ play on back to back night’s they seem to struggle. On Saturday however, the outcome of the game was never in doubt.
The Bruins dominated from the opening puck drop, limiting the Blue Jackets to only 14 shots on goal for the entire game. The physicality and timely goal scoring was too much for Columbus to overcome, and the Bruins cruised to a 3-1 win.
Back to back wins at home were just what the team needed coming off of their dreadful performance against the Red Wings. The loss appears to have helped the team refocus on the small things that make them successful.
Boston will now have four days off to prepare for their first matchup of the season against their rivals, the Montreal Canadiens. The Bruins, despite some bumps in the road, are in great shape moving forward and it is directly related to their ability to bounce back after poor performances.
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