1. The four centers. All four continue to play extremely well. Vladimir Sobotka continues to impress with his physical and well-rounded game. He definitely deserves a spot on this team when everyone is fully healthy. Marc Savard added another great game, probably one of his best since returning from injury.
2. Tuukka Rask. “Two U’s, two K’s, two points”. Not going to lie, I kind of liked that from Jack Edwards. While he does say some strange stuff, this one wasn’t bad. Rask continues to play well despite not receiving constant playing time. While the Bruins want Thomas to get going, Rask is the hot hand and he should be seeing more playing time then he receives.
3. Ilya Kovalchuk. Despite being down 4-0 and being the lone man defending two 2 on 1s, Kovalchuk made two real nice defensive plays. He looked dangerous to start the game but as the game progressed and the Bruins extended their lead, Kovalchuk slowly disappeared. He gets an up because of those defensive plays. By the way, I’ll take him on my team any day.
1. Blake Wheeler. The sophomore slump continues for Wheeler. Is it just me or does Wheeler look either lost or disinterested out there? At one point in the game he laid a real nice check. However, that check was in the neutral zone on linemate David Krejci, taking both players out of the play.
2. Daniel Paille. Could have had a hat trick tonight. Despite having great speed and playing a sound overall game, he needs to work on his shooting accuracy.
3. Ondrej Pavelec. 6 goals allowed on only 18 shots in the previous two games against the Bruins.