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Bruins Week in Review — 10/25/09

Bergeron_RyderThe Boston Bruins faced their toughest test of the season this past week. With Milan Lucic and Marc Savard sidelined for the next month, and Chuck Kobasew gone to Minnesota via trade, the Bruins relied on some new faces, and saw the resurgence of an old one.

Being forced to face adversity this early in the season can only serve to help Boston down the road…provided they can win these games.

Over the past three games, the Bruins have shown a great deal of heart and determination — although they have had their share of mistakes, perhaps caused by all the new faces, the boys in black collected 5 out of a possible 6 points,including an improbable shootout victory Saturday night in Ottawa.

This win comes on the tail end of a win in Nashville and a shootout loss to Philadelphia, continuing Boston’s win,loss,win start to the 2009/10 season.

Last season, the Bruins cruised to a comfortable 116 point showing, never having to face serious adversity. Now, with Kessel in Toronto and Lucic and Savard injured, last year’s top line is gone, forcing the remainder of the squad to elevate their game.

One member of the Black and Gold who has picked up his play is Patrice Bergeron. His T.O.I has increased from less than 16 minutes against Phoenix (Lucic’s last game) to 21:01 on Saturday night. He has an unimpressive 2 points over that span, but the effort, intensity and confidence that Bruins scouts saw in him is finally back. Bergeron knows that they spotlight is now on him, and he is not shrinking.

For all of the criticism that the Bruins have been taking (I’ve been giving my fair share) thus far this season, they are only 2 points shy of where they were at this time last year. That’s not to say that these are the same old Bruins:  To date, the biggest concern for this team continues to be special teams, which not only failed to score a power play goal, but allowed its 3rd shorthanded goal of the season. Sheesh!

They simply need to get better in this department. First of all, STOP DUMPING THE PUCK IN! Carry it into the zone with speed, please.

Never fear, Claude Julien is here. Boston’s special teams will improve.

I always find myself getting to end of my articles without mentioning Tim Thomas. How dare I!?Senators Bruins Hockey

He was simply stellar this week. Making a number of key saves and giving the Bruins not just a chance to win games, but giving them the confidence to do so.  After the Bruins came back to take the lead against Nashville, Thomas shut out the Predators and after a day off on Friday, came out with his most complete effort thus far. He was in true Vezina form when he robbed Daniel Alfredsson.

The next month will be a true test of character for the Boston Bruins. They’re being forced to play tough, grinding hockey, which will only benefit them come April.

HOT: Daniel Paille – You have to love his tenacity and hockey sense. He’s very creative with the puck and never gives up. A definite upgrade over Kobasew.

NOT: Dennis Wideman – Boy, when he’s bad, he’s REALLY BAD. A number of turnovers tonight (well, every night really) and just looked lost. To Providence, perhaps?

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Bruins Week in Review — 10/18/09

Bruins Coyotes Hockey

Boston left reeling in the desert.

OK – It’s time to panic.

The Bruins completed another lackluster week on Saturday night with a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of the Phoenix Coyotes. Yes, the Phoenix Coyotes.

Boston once again appeared to have found its form one night earlier when they stormed into Dallas and claimed a 3-0 victory on Friday.The Bruins were very solid in all areas of their game and did an outstanding job of using body contact to free up the puck as well as utilizing short tape-to-tape passes as a means of jump starting the transition game. Boston showed maximum effort, which is key to their success.

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Bruins Week in Review — Columbus Day edition

The Bruins floundered this week

The Bruins floundered this week

Five games into the 2009/10 season, the Bruins have certainly not played up to expectations.

Having given up 19 goals over that span and looking more listless with every shift, the Bruins look like a team with an undue sense of entitlement; pre-season press predictions of a Stanley Cup Finals appearance seem to have undermined Boston’s sense of self.

There have been glimpses of the dominant team that accrued 116 points last season; Continue reading

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Bruins Week in Review 10/04/09

Milan Lucic

Milan Lucic

With the new slogan for the 2009/10 season, “Big and Bad are Back”, the Bruins gave their marketing department cause for concern opening night by portraying only one part of that slogan with a downright depressing 4-1 loss on Thursday night to the Washington Capitals.

From my seat in section 320, the Bruins appeared to have the jump on Washington for the first 10 minutes, but whatever pre-game adrenaline had been coursing through the veins of last season’s Eastern Conference Regular Season champions quickly faded. After Boston had a goal disallowed on quick whistle, the wheels simply came off. Continue reading

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