1. Marco Sturm. Sturm was motivated and determined all night long and by far the Bruins best overall player. Sturm added his team leading 12th goal and nearly tied the game but rang it off the post instead. It’s a little unfortunate Sturm wasn’t out there for more than the 16:44 he skated.
2. Patrice Bergeron. Another dominate faceoff game for Bergeron. Won 18 of 24 faceoffs (75%) and lead the Bruins forwards in ice time.
3. Daniel Paille. The speedy forward continues to play well and is great on the PK. If his hands weren’t as bad as P.J. Axelsson’s he could have ten goals already this season.
1. Steve Begin. What has this guy done this season to be promoted to the first line? Another invisible game from Begin despite skating nearly 15 minutes worth of ice time. The Begin era on the first line is almost as bad as the Bitz experiment. It needs to end.
2. Byron Bitz. Another ineffective game from the fourth line winger. Despite recording a “fight” he finished the night with zero shots and only one hit. Hopefully once Lucic comes back, Bitz or Begin(very unlikely) are scratched and Sobotka remains in the lineup.
3. Claude Julien. One minute to go in the game and Recchi is on the ice for the 6 on 4. Sturm and Krejci, arguably the best two players on the ice last night, were on the bench. The team has grown boring to watch and the players have almost no emotion. Playing the same strategy and lines shift after shift, game after game may be a result of that play. Switching up the lines on occasion may help keep things fresh.