This road trip for the Bruins has not gone as many saw it going. They lost three straight against Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver, but they battled back against the Senators last night in Ottawa.
With the injury bug looming over the Bruins defense, 19-year-old Urho Vaakanainen had to step into the lineup along with Matt Grzelcyk and Stephen Kampfer. It was a short game for Vaakanainen as he caught a cheap shot early in the game to the face. The play was stopped and the Ottawa defenseman stuck his elbow out and drove it into Vaakanainen’s face. He could not return to the game due to a concussion. He will be evaluated more once back in Boston.
The refs were also some of the worst I’ve seen in years. They missed clear calls both ways and made phantom calls when there was nothing there. One instance was Chara had a clean hip check on a forward against the boards and the refs called it a tripping penalty. Chara looked like he was about to snap a ref over his knee at one point.
Bad reffing aside, the Bruins actually played a good game and Tuukka actually showed up. Making 39 saves on 40 shots, he showed that he can still be a valuable piece to the roster when he’s playing his best. Rask wasn’t worried about the rebound control too much and just worried about stopping the puck. The defense did have to make a couple outstanding plays to save Tuukka though; Brandon Carlo being one of them.
Carlo has gotten a lot of heat from his poor play early in the year but has picked it up since McAvoy went down. Carlo has looked like top-4 defenseman as he has been able to move the puck while also playing a solid defensive game. It good to see the defense play well without three of their top six guys, although it is the Ottawa Senators.
The offense found its game again with heavy production from the top line. That line combined for eight points on the night with Pastrnak scoring two goals with a pair of assists, Bergeron putting one in and tallying two assists, and Brad Marchand with one assist, but he had the highlight play of the night.
Brad Marchand putting on a show 👏🏻🔥 pic.twitter.com/iNjSMj8De3
— Bar South N Celly™ (@BarSouthNCelly) October 24, 2018
David Krejci also had a good night with his line as he had a goal and assist. It’s good to see that line going as the top line will eventually need help once they face some actual talent. The Bruins will need to make a move for an elite scorer like Panarin at some point this year, but for now, just keep winning and get healthy.
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