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.
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.