Your Boston Bruins started out like they were involved in a tractor pull. Out of the first games game this month, the B’s had lost six. Then a funny thing happened on the way to the four game road trip. The won all four of them. Eight points out of the eight available. Three of those wins were overtime or shootout wins which means that somehow they finished the job.
Boston has managed to stay alive in the conference with some superb play from backup goaltender Tuuka Rask who is making goaltending decisions for Claude Julien much more difficult. Tim Thomas is on the bench with the ever popular upper body injury. But the return of Milan Lucic and Marc Savard is a good thing for the Bruins. But the best part of this trip was the return to the kind of play he had as a rookie and before the head injury…Patrice Bergeron has been hockey born again. Bergeron leads the team in goals and points and his all around leadership while Lucic and Savard were out of the lineup is what has kept Boston afloat and in fifth place in the conference.
The traditional Friday after Thanksgiving noontime start is a game that is usually a killer for the Bruins. They take on the New Jersey Devil who are three points ahead of Boston and usually give the B’s fits. They finish the month on Saturday with a home game against the Ottawa Senators. They could be better than .500 for a month that started ugly. The Bruins haven’t been very good on home ice so far this season, so let’s hope that the road warriors come back to the Garden with that same spring in their step that propelled them to their four straight road wins.
One personal note, my Stoneham hockey group had our Annual Turkey Day Skate and despite the score, it was an outstanding two hours of hockey for us 40 to 50 year olds with yours truly playing one of his best games in goal and came away with the one goal win! The postgame was pretty good too!
Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!