Since last Saturday’s pathetic undertaking against the Senators, a 2-0 loss on home ice, the Bruins have rebounded nicely with three consecutive wins. While the entire team has been playing well, this stretch may prove to be the offensive ‘coming-out’ party for B’s power winger Milan Lucic.
“Looch” had an assist in the 3-0 win over New Jersey, then had the B’s first goal in a 3-2 victory over the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, then sent the Boston Garden into a frenzy on Thursday night with a natural hat trick in a 4-0 Bruins win over the Florida Panthers.
Bruins 3, Devils 0 – 11/15/10
Michael Ryder (5), Nathan Horton (8) and “Bad Blake” Wheeler (3) scored to help improve Tim Thomas‘ record to 9-1-0 on the season. The shutout was Thomas’ fourth on the young season, tops in the NHL.
Bruins 3, Rangers 2 – 11/17/10
Broken record alert: Tim Thomas stood on his head, especially in the third period when the Bruins killed off a 5 on 3 Rangers power play for 1:44, and the Bruins held on for a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Milan Lucic (7), Tyler Seguin (4) and Mark Recchi (2) had the Bruins goals, as Thomas’ record went to an impressive 10-1-0, with a 1.37 GAA and a .959 SV%.
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Bruins 4, Panthers 0 – 11/18/2010
Tuukka Rask, at 0-4-1 on the season, was looking for his first win of the season, as ex-Bruin Dennis Wideman and the Florida Panthers came to the Garden on Thursday night. Nathan Horton, Dennis Seidenberg and Gregory Campbell were also playing against their old Panthers teammates for the first time since arriving to the Bruins.
The highlight of the first two periods was this Shawn Thornton/Darcy Hordichuk heavyweight bout:
- The win over the Rangers was Claude Julien’s 143rd win as Bruins coach, passing Tom Johnson and moving him into 5th place for wins all-time by a Bruins coach.
- Mark Recchi had 2 assists in the New Jersey win, the 391st multi-point game of his career.
- The Bruins are outscoring their opponents 22-9 in the third period this season.
- Tuukka’s shutout against the Panthers was the seventh of his career.
- Longtime Clarence confidant BornAgainBruinsFan was at the game against Florida…good work BABF, 1-0-0 so far!
- Is it me, or does Panther’s coach Peter DeBoer look like a young Cousin Eddie from “Vacation”?
The 12-6 Los Angeles Kings visit the Boston Garden tonight, and I will make this promise: If Rene Rancourt sings the national anthems, the Bruins WILL win.