Boston Bruins Week in Review: Week 9
A look back at Week Nine
The suddenly offensively un-gifted Boston Bruins were lucky to escape week nine of their season with a single win out of the three games played. The exasperated look on the face of head coach Claude Julien, as seen above, only begins to describe the struggles of his club this week.
Having scored just five goals in the three games played this last week, they opened by continuing their road trip and visiting the Winnipeg Jets. Though the Jets have occasionally had trouble winning in their home barn this year, they had no trouble at all putting up an energetic third period and beating Boston 3-1. A surprising goal from the stick of Brad Marchand was the only thing keeping them from a shutout.
Two days later, the Bruins went into Canada’s capital, found themselves down a goal against the Ottawa Senators and then a literal last-minute tally from Dennis Seidenberg helped them seal a 2-1 victory.
Finally, the Bruins concluded their road swing with another Canadian stop at the Toronto Maple Leafs. Usually, Boston is easily able to defeat the Maple Leafs, but this time was the exact opposite. Down three to nothing at one point, the Bruins did eventually show up to the game and pot two goals late in the third period, but they fell short of the comeback and lost 3-2.
On the injury front, David Krejci returned from his injury, but Adam McQuaid went down with a shoulder strain that will most likely end his season and now Johnny Boychuk is hurt too. (Could it be possible to dress Boston’s defensemen in bubble wrap?)
Here’s a look back at the week that was for the Bruins.
Worn Down in Winnipeg
Once upon a time, the Bruins were able to hold a lead in the third period and perhaps even extend it. But that’s not what’s happening this season and it failed to happen again when Winnipeg was down the other end. Brad Marchand snuck a goal in right off the first faceoff to kick off the second period, but that was all they were able to do and they were unable to protect that razor-thin margin of victory. Former Bruin Blake Wheeler scored twice, once on the power play and once with an empty net, to spark and finish a third-period Jets comeback that sealed a 3-1 loss for Boston.
Seidenberg Against the Senators
Kaspars Daugavins was able to beat a Boston goalie this time, though it wasn’t Tuukka Rask and it wasn’t in the shootout, to get the Senators scoring started. However, later in the second, Daniel Paille tallied up the tying goal and then, with overtime looking like a distinct possibility—and potentially another shootout, too—Dennis Seidenberg scored a tiebreaker that led to a 2-1 win. He’s scored tiebreakers against Ottawa from long distances before and just did it again.
Listless Against the Leafs
For most of the Hockey Night in Canada game against the Maple Leafs, it seemed that some of the Bruins had no idea a game was in progress by the way they played. Toronto scored three goals, each in the first few minutes of a different period, to nab a three-nothing lead and ignite the fires of frustration among fans. However, Dennis Seidenberg scored in his second consecutive game to start a third-period comeback that almost went all the way. Another defenseman, Andrew Ference, also scored late in the third. No comeback came this time, though, and the Bruins lost 3-2.
The Sick Bay Report
The good news is that David Krejci found himself feeling better and returned to the lineup, though he still didn’t seem to be 100 percent against Ottawa. The bad news is that Boston’s defensive corps is starting to look more like the tally of dead tributes from The Hunger Games. Adam McQuaid and Johnny Boychuk are both hurt, although Boychuk is more likely to return sooner than McQuaid.