A blog by Iron Horse
Last night was a battle up and down hill for the full 60 minutes. (Literally up until the last minute). The game started out with a good tempo from the Boston Bruins, they came out chasing loose pucks effectively and meeting this physical St. Louis Blues team at their own level with the body. After the Blues scored the first goal of the game the Bruins didnt back down. they stepped up and got a quick goal off a sweet feed from John Michael-Liles to Loui Eriksson to make it 1-1, and a short time later David Krejci would make it 2-1 before the close of the period.
The next period was tremendous, as I talked about in my last Bruins blog the Bruins found their stride on their once DEADLY power play, connecting twice last night on four opportunities. The Bruins defensive struggles leaked through into this game. On more than one occasion during this game the Bruins allowed extended zone time in their end and on a couple of occasions it led to a goal. I don’t know if this is just me but it seems like Chara is out there for all of them too. It's probably not.
I know we are trying to make the playoffs right now and we want our best D-men out there as often as possible but we have to start trusting our young guys with more time. Especially with Kevan Miller getting hurt last night, Chara is playing too many minutes (28:29 last night) and the second oldest guy on the team John Michael-Liles is playing the 2nd most minutes behind Chara (26:12). They’re far better D-men when they aren’t exhausted it’s going to be on Claude and Bruins Defensive Coach Doug Jarvis to help the Bruins figure out this time issues in the games to come if they want to squeeze their way into the playoffs.
So happy the Bruins were able to pull this one out against this St. Louis team. A team that was so hot these last 6 games, but sadly Detroit beat Minnesota 3-2 so the standings remain the same. Tonight the Red Wings travel to Toronto to play the worst team in the NHL, and to potentially take the lead over the Bruins in the Atlantic Division. So tomorrow Noon eastern time it will be up to the Boston Bruins to travel to Chicago and beat their enemy original 6 team the Blackhawks. Who will be without Duncan Keith (the NHL’s best D-man) due to his 6 game suspension handed out for his face-slash against Minnesota’s Charlie Coyle.
LETS GO B'S
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