Let’s hope these last two games for the Bruins are an indication that they are out of their funk and gaining momentum headed for the NHL post season. Last night they thoroughly pounded the Toronto Maple Leafs 8-0 to sweep the season series against old friend Phil Kessel. How you like us now Phil?
The Bruins are at their very best when they feature their excellent depth. They got that last night from their third line. Pouliot, Rolston and Kelly buzzed all night, creating all kinds of issues for the Maple Leafs blue liners. They were rewarded with some points and very impressive plus/minus ratings. It will be interesting when Rich Peverley returns from his knee injury. How they will fit him into the lineup? Rolston is fitting in nicely with that third line and Jordan Caron is playing some of his best hockey in his young NHL career. This is a nice problem to have for the Bruins brass. The fourth line also chipped in with a goal and a nice scrap between Gregory Campbell and Luke Schenn. Campbell only needed an assist to complete the Gordie Howe hat trick.
Milan Lucic apparently thinks the word Komisarek is Serbian for “punching bag”. These two combatants renewed old acquaintances in the first period. Lucic destroyed Komisarek with a flurry of vicious upper cuts. The Leaf looked dazed and swollen after the beating but more importantly the message was sent that the Bruins were focused on physically dominating the game. Obviously Komisarek has forgotten the beating he received from Lucic when he was with the Habs up in Montreal. The Leafs coaching staff should show him video of the fight prior to playing the Bruins for the rest of his career so he knows it is a bad idea to mess around with number 17.
The Bruins will head out west for a 3 game round trip and look to continue the good play. These games will be a good test and the bonding experience of being on the road might just be what the doctor ordered for this team.