The Boston Bruins continued their 5 game win streak and 10 game point streak with their 1-0 win over the Rangers on Friday but lost their first back-to-back of the season to the Islanders last night 4-2. The Bruins got their second straight win over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden last night. This team is showing they can win any type of game. Friday night was a low scoring brawler type of game where 1 goal was the deciding factor. It’s a damn shame no fans are allowed to be at MSG yet because the past two vs the Blue Shirts have been very entertaining.
Part of that entertainment (for Boston fans) came in the second period when Nick Ritchie buried his own rebound from carrying the puck through the zone after a nice dish from Krejci. Since complaining about Ritchie here on CrowWorthy and in many text convos with friends, he’s really been a factor for the Bruins. He’s now tied for 3rd in goals with David Pastranak on the team and sits alone at 3rd with 10 points. Can you guess who he’s behind? And won’t be soon until Pastrnak passes him on both. Anyways, last night his goal was the only in the game which was good for a regulation win.
At the ensuing faceoff, Trent Frederic and Brendan Lemieux dropped the gloves following the goal. Pretty even bout but then as Frederic is heading to the penalty box, he’s shouting at Lemieux “We’re going again!!” Love that attitude out of the kid.
Towards the end of the second period Jeremy Lauzon and Pavel Buchnevich dropped the gloves. Lauzon landed a good amount of haymakers and my biased take is that he took the fight. MSG is known for many prized fights – Lauzon and Frederic were making the venue proud.
The defense and goaltending was stellar! Jaroslav Halak pitched the teams first shutout last night while Tuuka played his best game of the year against the Rangers on Wednesday night. The penalty kill, which leads the NHL with 89.8%kill rate, was again outstanding last night especially in the last minute of the third. Brandon Carlo and Kevan Miller killed a full minute of a 6-on-4 advantage for the Rangers in their last attempt to even the game. Overall the Bruins held the Rangers empty on all 6 powerplay chances.
It’s great to see the rivalry still strong. A lot of Bostonians live in NY and vice versa so when these two teams are going at it, so are the fans. The Bruins sit atop the MassMutual East division with 22 points, 4 points ahead of the Philadelphia Flyers. The 22 points is good for 2nd in all the NHL, behind Toronto, and only 1 of two teams with double digit wins, also the Maple Leafs.
The Bruins have a little rest coming off their back-to-back and don’t play until Thursday vs the Devils. Before last night, New Jersey was the only team to beat the Bruins in regulation this season. Hopefully the Bruins start a new winning streak on Thursday!