Last night the Boston Bruins took on the Washington Capitals in the Nation’s Capitol for the last meeting of the regular season. While they were able to take away a point in an overtime loss, the Montreal Canadiens dominated the Toronto Maple Leafs in their last season game 4-1, earning two to pull ahead in the Division.
Tonight it all lays on the line to be the best in the Northeast with the last game of the regular season. The Bruins have had fairly decent outings against the Senators this season, winning the previous four. However, they haven’t come easily. In fact, all four of the team’s previous meetings have been decided by a single goal. While statistically speaking the Bruins look fairly decent against the Senators, there are some deciding factors to today’s game that could make or break the team.
The Bruins need to come out with the same attitude they had against the Washington Capitals last night, committed to playing a full sixty minute game and battling to get the lead. They are going to have to step up their penalty killing units after allowing two goals against the Capitals last night from Mike Green. Their power play has seemingly gotten better in the addition of Jaromir Jagr to the line up, however, the forward sat out last night’s meeting with flu-like symptoms and it remains undetermined if he will appear back in the lineup tonight.
The Bruins are going to need to pull out all of the stops against the Senators tonight if they plan on earning the Division title as the Senators have key d-man Erik Karlsson back in their lineup, along with veteran netminder Craig Andersson. Milan Lucic has been a driving force for the Bruins lately as he appears to have found his physical and scoring game in the nick of time, earning his first goal in 7 games last night and first multi-point game in the last dozen (1 goal, 1 assist).
“If we win, we’re second place [in the conference] so a lot’s on the line,” Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask said. “It’s good that there are no games that don’t matter. Every game has mattered this season and that’s the way it’s going to be until the end.”(via Bruins website)
Tonight’s game can be seen on NESN and heard on 98.5 the Sports Hub, this is definitely a game you are not going to want to miss.