After two consecutive losses to the Carolina Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Boston Bruins headed into today’s daytime match against the Washington Capitols looking to end their losing drought. Tim Thomas got the start in his second consecutive game as did Capitals goalie Tomas Vokoun. The difference between the two goalies being Vokoun got the win for the Capitals on Saturday against Montreal and Thomas did not. I am forever a huge supporter of Timmy and had high hopes going into this game. I mean when you lose two in a row the only way to think is today is the day we get back on track. Well friends, Thomas got the win and the Bruins moved to within one point of the New York Rangers in the battle for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Steph did an in-game blog of the game today which you can find here. So this post is going to focus on the positive parts of the game.
1.Jordan Caron makes his return to the lineup. After being recalled from Providence, Caron got a spot on the third line with Benoit Pouliot and David Krejci. Caron replaced Zach Hamill who got the healthy scratch. I think this was a great move by Claude Julien mainly because there comes a point when if something just isn’t clicking for so long that you have to change it. Though Caron didn’t have any goals, he did manage to get three shots on goal and a hit in in just three minutes of the first period. (via GlobeFluto) He brought a much needed intensity to that line, and I have a feeling he will remain in the lineup for Wednesday’s game.
2.The younger guys are continuing to shine. Three out of four of the goals tonight were scored by a player 23 or younger. Both Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand netted their 19th goals of the season in the first period. Third period, Tyler Seguin got his 20th goal and remained top goal scorer for the team. Marchand also assisted Seguin on that goal. It’s clear that given the opportunity, these three can shine.
3. 22-0-0 after two periods is a nice record to have. This season if the Bruins are up after two, they win…it’s that simple. The trick to that is keeping that lead which fortunately the Bruins did today.
4.60 minutes of hockey were played today. My biggest dismay about the previous two games the Bruins played was the lack of energy as the periods went on. At points in those games, the players looked lost and tired. Today was difference. Today, the team played a complete game and their efforts were rewarded with the 4-1 win.
The team heads to Buffalo on Wednesday to take on the Sabres and it’ll be interesting to see if the team can continue to play the full 60 minutes or head back into a slump. Also, a good note to take out of everything is that Claude Julien reported that Nathan Horton is continuing to improve and will return to the ice to practice today. (@NHLBruins)
Adding this in because I can good luck to the New England Patriots tonight!! Bring another title to the Bean boys!