Boston Bruins Week in Review: Week 7
A look back at Week Seven
The seventh week of the 2013 NHL season didn’t begin so well for the Boston Bruins. Upon traveling to the nation’s capital, they found a way to score three first-period goals against the Washington Capitals, but then they found a way to let the home team back in the game—and tie it up—and win in overtime on March 5. Following the loss to the Montreal Canadiens previously, this was definitely an inauspicious start to the week.
But just as they did in all six games last season, the Toronto Maple Leafs provided a healing balm for the Bruins’ woes two days later. The second line produced en masse, but so did David Krejci on the way to a 4-2 win, getting the victory for Anton Khudobin.
Whereas Boston struggled in matinee games last season, they have been a lot better at winning 1 p.m. games this year, remaining perfect in their matinees so far. That includes when they met the Philadelphia Flyers for the first time in this campaign on March 9. Once again, they scored all three of their goals in the first period, but unlike when Washington was on the other side of things, they managed to actually hold and keep their lead. The day before his birthday, Tuukka Rask earned his 13th career shutout.
Also, on a day between games, newcomer Dougie Hamilton donned St. Patrick's Day head gear to spread some joy at Boston Children's Hospital.
Here's a look back at week seven for the Bruins.
Woes in Washington
How did it all start so well and go so wrong? Brad Marchand scored on a shorthanded penalty shot early in the first and then two defensemen put up goals within about a minute: Zdeno Chara and then Dougie Hamilton on the power play.
It looked like the Bruins were on the way to wrapping this one up with a shutout win. But then the Capitals exploited their weaknesses and just steadily got back into the game, eventually tying it up at three apiece before the end of regulation. Not long into overtime, Eric Fehr completed the shocking comeback.
Thank You, Toronto
A nice visit with Toronto is lately a nice way for the Bruins to get over some bad times preceding it. That happened again this time, though not by a huge eight to nothing margin or anything. Instead, Patrice Bergeron got the scoring started with a sneaky goal past Ben Scrivens. He and his linemate Tyler Seguin each had three-point evenings and Brad Marchand had two separate assists to make the second line the most productive in this outing.
But David Krejci scored too, helped out by Andrew Ference and Milan Lucic, as just another part of the 4-2 victory. Plus, with Milt Schmidt in the house to celebrate his 95th birthday, how could the home team lose?
This time last year, an injured Tuukka Rask was the one making the community outreach rounds, putting on the fun costumes and having photo ops. But as the new kid in town, Dougie Hamilton was the one to put on festive green hats for an early St. Patrick’s Day celebration at Boston’s Children’s Hospital.
He said he always liked seeing athletes doing things like these when he was a kid, so he decided to pay it forward. At one point, he even had a hat with a big fake beard attached, which might be the extent of his ability to grow facial fuzz by the looks of it.
“It’s pretty exciting to be able to do this and give back,” he said about the good times spent with kids who can always use a little fun.
Flattening the Flyers
Is a three-goal lead safe? That’s what Bruins fans were wondering when Tyler Seguin, Chris Kelly and Daniel Paille had all put the team up 3-0 in the first period against the Flyers. These three goals came within a period of less than five minutes and created a cozy lead, but was it safe?
Yes, it was. Maybe it was because this was Tuukka Rask’s first time seeing the Flyers since the disastrous 2010 playoffs and the team wanted to get a win for him. Maybe they just wanted to prove that they can lead by three and actually get the victory by that margin too. No matter what inspired it, the Bruins got the big win—in the matinee game. (No, they weren’t wearing their third jerseys.)
Two Us, Two Ks, 26 Candles
Fun fact: both of Boston's goaltenders are now 26 years old. That's a pretty youthful tandem, even if you choose to add their ages together.
Tuukka Rask turned 26 on March 10, one day after earning that shutout win against Philadelphia, which was made easy for him because he could see most of the pucks--and Tyler Seguin subbed in as a goalie at one point too.
But as he adds another candle onto his cake and another number onto his age, has he proven he can work as the Bruins' top goalie without Tim Thomas anywhere nearby? Yes, he has. Look for him to earn a nice new contract in the coming months as his tryout one-year deal starts to go stale.