Bruins – Canadiens 3 up 3 down

UP

1. Blake Wheeler- The past few games Wheeler has been using his size and speed to generate scoring opportunities.  Wheeler is clearly more comfortable playing the left side and played with confidence all night long. His line was probably the most effective offensive line on the ice tonight.

2. Derek Morris. Morris’ ability to get pucks at the net is one of his most valuable assets. When a team is struggling to score goals, they’re going to need all the help they can get. Having Morris throwing pucks at the goal all night long will hopefully lead to some garbage goals.

3. Matt Hunwick. Played well at times tonight especially when it came to pinching in. He almost scored a goal in the first when he jumped in to cause a 2 on 1 with Brad Marchand. He also made some very nice plays keeping pucks in at the blueline.  Hunwick has had his ups and downs this season but his timing and awareness of when to jump up is coming back slowly. 

Downs

1. Mark Recchi. Although the “official” stats have Recchi with only one give away, I can remember at least 3 or 4 occasions when he made lazy passes which were intercepted and cleared out of the offensive zone. To make things worse 3 of those were when the Bruins had the powerplay. If Recchi is handling the puck, then the Bruins are in trouble. He should be sitting in front of the net and nothing else.

2. Dennis Wideman. If he stepped up like he originally planned to he still would have gotten beat wide.  I have no idea what he was trying to do on that play. Overall, just a bad decision which cost the Bruins the first goal.

3. Claude Julien. Putting the fourth line on the ice with under 3:00 remaining especially while losing 1-0 does nothing to help them generate any potential type of scoring threat. It eats 45 seconds off the clock. If the fourth line was the line we saw at the beginning of the season then it is a different story. But this is a line made up of Trent Whitfield and Mikko Lehtonen both of whom should be in the AHL.

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30 Responses to Bruins – Canadiens 3 up 3 down

  1. jimmy50 says:

    Recchi should not have gotten a deal, Yes Dennis made a costly mistake, and Claude was coach of the year last season because he rolled 4 lines.

    For this team to salvage a point tonight is huge considering all the injuries. Be patient, wait for players to return, and the trade deadline to come.

  2. Birdman2403 says:

    In the NHL you are only as good as your P.P. So….you get it !!

    Recchi was AWFUL tonight and should not see the ice on P.P., then he’s in the shoot-out !

    This team is frustrating as hell….at least it is only November and they can turn it around. Also missing huge guys to injury that will be back.

  3. Birdman2403 says:

    The other thing that puzzles me ?? They need scoring and keep bringing up muckers….why not Hamill ?? Is this guy in the doghouse ??

  4. psands says:

    nathan horton, i know i get stuck on bringing in players, and trading away certain ones(ference),so im apologizing in adavnce for being annoying.

    btw i hate maxim laperierre so much

  5. Birdman2403 says:

    I’m not a Ference fan either….however, he did call La Chicken Shit out !! Man….did he look dumb !! Big mouth no spine !

  6. G cole says:

    If the bruins recent games where their biggest accomplishment is scoring ONE goal in three games doesn’t scream WOW I GUESS WE NEED SAVARD PRETTY BAD to Peter chiarelli then I don’t know what the fuck will, and clearly we have too many idiot players and need a legit goal scorer

  7. vince_m says:

    As I have said a problem we will have is replacing Kessels goals. Right now it is perfectly clear that we need to replace his goals. With all of the injuries to key players we are missing more than just Kessels goals. We need to re-sign Savard right away, we also need to find a person who will replace the goals. Don’t know who or how, but it has to be done. 1 goal in 3 games??? Not sure but I don’t think that will bring a cup home.

  8. Mook says:

    relax, everyone. lucic, savard and krejci. once these guys are back, healthy and in form we’ll be back to smashing teams.

    no trades!

    recchi looks really bad. the way he moves his little legs makes me laugh…but if he starts to put goals in like he did last year i’ll be a big fan again. recchi’s best asset is his ability to get his stick on any puck. he could tip a 140mph chara slapper and not flinch…but we aren’t getting those shots through because our forwards aren’t rotating the puck fast enough.

    once we get key players back, and a little confidence, everyone will snap into place and we’ll be tops in the east again.

    no trades! and what’s with all the horton talk? he wouldn’t crack the top two lines on the bruins, if weveryone was healthy and you want to give-up HOW MUCH for him?!?!

  9. Vince_M says:

    When we did have Savard, Lucic and Krejci in the line-up we were putting in some goals and winning a couple of games. We were not dominating any of the games that I saw. We do need a shake-up, not anything really blockbuster (or maybe we do need a blockbuster), but a shake-up indeed.

  10. Mook says:

    savard broke his foot in the pre-season. lucic’s finger has been broken since he smashed it over neil’s face in the preseason.

    the shake-up was kobasew.

  11. psands says:

    we traded kobasew and kessel, and replaced them with what? thats 57 goals right there, i know a healthy sturm and bergeron were supposed to help replace the goals, but its not working out, mook, do you honestly think this is a stanley cup contender, even when everyone’s healthy?

    i think with one or two moves we will be. im not talking about a huge shake up. horton would not cost a first rounder, maybe the leafs second and a couple good prospects. he has been playing well so far this season, but because he is supposedly unhappy in flordia he may be available. just a possibility. he has the talent to pot 40 goals, and playing in a hockey market, with savard and lucic on his line could jump start him.

  12. Mook says:

    yes, i think the bruins are a stanley cup contender, assuming everyone is playing to potential.

    defense and goaltending is solid. our 4th line is better than many 3rd lines in the league. we have 3 great centremen, and wingers who can score.

    what will make them a cup contender? marian hossa? kovalchuck? kessel had one great year, and a bunch of mediochre years. prior to last year, NOONE wanted him here anymore. now everyone has boners over the 30-something goals he scored…once in his short career. want to replace those goals? take fucken nayoko funayama, put her on savard’s wing with lucic on the other side and there’s 40 goals. gfy.

    anyways, once the bruins start winning again all this trade talk will disappear.

    tuuka’s salary: http://www.nhlnumbers.com/overview.php?team=BOS&season=0910

    if this is accurate, chia did well. real well.

  13. NJBruin says:

    Where is all the offense from our defenseman? What is up with Wideman 1-1-2 so far? I know Hunwick needs to get back to where he was last year, however he is also -2 so far. Maybe these guys should not play every game. Might be time to give Boychuk a look. That booming shot of his should help the PP. He looked like a physical presence in the few games he has been in. Something has to change or this is going to be a very long season.

  14. Mook says:

    the defense are playing great. they are getting pucks through but they need more time. more time is created by the forwards…who are not playing up to snuff.

  15. psands says:

    i wasn’t calling for kessel back, im more than happy with the return we got, and we sent him to a weak team where he wont hurt us(knock on wood). and we made that team weaker for the future by taking all their picks.

    i can recall you, mook, saying this team is one or two minor trades away from being a contender, but not yet. im not asking for a hossa or a kovalchuk, but horton is a player we can fit under the cap with minor tweaks, and he can score some goals, while adding some size. but so far there is nothing that shows me that this team can win a cup as is, even with savard and lucic back healthy.

    nobody’s asking for superstars here, your the one who had the hard on for heatley.

    you have any realistic suggestions for guys that can help out, while fitting under the cap, that you like more than horton? let me know.

  16. G cole says:

    Why isn’t tim Thomas a plus??? He was the best dam player all night!

  17. NJBruin says:

    Can’t just blame the forwards for the offensive collapse. Its not just about shots, Its about the right shots. Many don’t even create rebounds. No goals from Chara? All he has to be is accurate with his shot and it should have the possibility of going in. Many games he has had time to shoot. Forwards have been a big part of the problem however, not the whole deal…

  18. Bruins says:

    just look at chara and wideman’s stats, and even hunwick’s thats two 50 pooint defensemen and another 40 pt d-man (if he played the whole year). they need to start getting somehting going

  19. 8mook8 says:

    let’s sign jaromir jagr and sergei fedorov.

  20. goosegoose says:

    we should try to get Lemieux and Gretzky too

  21. Kurt says:

    Where is Zach Hamill? They do like bringing up the low skill muckers and grinders from Providence i.e. Byron Bitz. Aside from that the B’s need a cap friendly 40 goal scorer. If Chia can pull that rabbit out of the hat I’ll be impressed.

  22. 8mook8 says:

    if we hammer the sabres tonight, will everyone start saying “our team is so deep! we don’t even need savard and lucic!”

  23. psands says:

    sad to say it, but i don’t think we need to worry about “hammering the sabres”, i think we win this one 2-1 in overtime. big overtime win may finally jump start some energy or something.

  24. HabMan says:

    HA HA HA!!!!! Canadiens Suck!!!!!

  25. goosegoose says:

    Thatta boy Recchi!

  26. Jefe77 says:

    Well, lets all start posting about how the shorthanded Bruins don’t suck now that they smoked the division leaders in pretty much every dept…

  27. 8mook8 says:

    Hey everyone, don’t sprain your ankles getting back on the bandwagon…

  28. willisss says:

    hahaha, good call mook8

  29. WARDOFTHERINGS says:

    they beat a goalie that is 3rd on buffalo depth chart sorry i still havent jumped on the bandwagon yet .

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