Bruins look to bounce back after tough loss to Sabres
The Bruins came out of the gate red hot winning five out of six games and losing one in OT. After taking care of business Monday in Carolina and grinding out a win the next night at home against New Jersey the Bruins looked unstoppable coming into Thursday night’s game. Unfortunately for the black and gold things didn't pan out the way they were supposed to.
Boston looked as though they were ready to pull ahead and cruise to a victory when they went up 3-1 half way through the second period of last night’s game. The Bruins had several defensive melt downs that led to great scoring chances for Buffalo and they were able to capitalize on enough of them to outscore the B’s 6-4. The Sabres added the empty netter for the 7-4 win. Thomas Vanek looked untouchable out there and found himself wide open in the offensive zone for a good portion of the second and third periods. Vanek’s three goals and two assists led the game in scoring and his last goal late in the third sealed things up for Buffalo.
Losing sucks but it's part of the game and the Bruins know that. They've already moved on and are ready to face the Maple Leafs on Saturday.
“It’s one of those things; you’ve got to move on. You don’t want to get too high, you don’t want to get too low, you’ve got to stay focused,” Zdeno Chara said. “After the games you win, you’ve got to bring it back to normal again and games like last night, you’ve got to put it behind and move on.”
“I’m getting ready for our next game, which is Toronto.”
Shawn Thornton got his skull rocked in a scrap with big man John Scott and will miss 7-10 days. Daniel Paille is dealing with an “upper body injury” after taking a high stick and did not make the trip to Toronto for Saturday’s game.
This a good opportunity for the B’s to get a look at potential full time players in the event that someone were to get hurt and be lost for the season. In the NHL guys go down all the time and it’s great to have a couple of insurance policies just in case you lose someone for the long run.
Jamie Tardif was called up from Providence and will most likely see his first NHL ice time after spending 8 years in the AHL.
“I think it’s great. I've been waiting for a chance at this for a while, I’m going into my eighth year pro, here, so I’m just fortunate,” Tardif said following practice with the B’s. “At the same time, I’m excited, going back to my home town of Toronto, so it’s definitely very exciting.”
Tardif will most likely skate on the fourth line with Lane MacDermid and Gregory Campbell. With Paille out Chris Bourque should get another chance to make this team skating on the third line with Peverley and Kelly. Bourque is running out of time and needs to produce offensively to have any shot at sticking around. MacDermid saw just over four minutes of ice time on Thursday and was pretty much unnoticeable.
It seems like these are the three guys competing for that last seat on the bench for the Bruins right now. With Thornton out MacDermid would make the most sense on the fourth line being a very physical left winger that can throw his weight around need be. Hopefully for the B’s Paille can return and possibly take the spot on the third line. Danny looked solid skating with Kelly and Peverley on Thursday night and is an instant upgrade from Chris Bourque. Tardif is 28 years old and is finally getting his first shot in the NHL. Jamie’s been an ok player in the minors averaging 28 points a season over the past six years. If Jamie can make some kind of splash with the limited shifts he will receive he could remain with the team for awhile if injuries start piling up. If Jordan Caron ever comes back expect him to be in the mix as well.
Tuukka let in six on Thursday but realistically they were all pretty nice goals. Those moves and one timers would have beaten most goalies and it didn't help guys were wide open streaming through the zone all night. The defensemen need to keep their heads on a swivel and be more aware of their surroundings.
Saturday’s game in Toronto will be a good test of resilience and toughness for the Bruins. After a great start it's hard to stay level headed and maintain a "do or die" attitude game in and game out. This seemed to be the case as the B's got spanked by Buffalo last night. Boston needs to stay hungry to maintain control of the surging Northeast division.
P.S. WTF is up with Tyler Seguin? We need some goals bro and we need them yesterday.