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Boston Bruins Week in Review: Week 10

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A look back at Week Ten

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Please pardon the lateness of this week in review—like the Boston Bruins, I have been very busy as of late. Closing out their hectic month of March, though, was easier said than done for the team.

After finding themselves down two goals to the Toronto Maple Leafs at home on March 25, a bit of line juggling led to a Milan Lucic goal and then the return to the familiar forward lines Bruins fans know and, generally, love. That led to a tying goal from Patrice Bergeron midway through the third, forcing overtime and a shootout, where Bergeron’s goal stood as the winner. (Remember last season, when Boston was usually able to put on a goal-scoring festival against Toronto?)

Speaking of goal-scoring festival, that’s exactly what the next game, against archrival Montreal Canadiens, was. Five different Bruins scored, but a late tying goal forced overtime and a shootout yet again, though this time Boston did not prevail.

Former Bruin Mike Knuble got the goal-scoring started for the Philadelphia Flyers in a matinee meeting, which has generally been a Boston strength this season, but not this time. They lost 3-1, Nathan Horton thwarting a shutout.

Perhaps the one shining moment of this week was at the very end of March, when the Bruins faced the Buffalo Sabres and put up a 2-0 shutout on the strength of goals from David Krejci and Horton. Of course, it did take until the end of the third period for that to happen.

Here’s a look back at the end of March for the Bruins.

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Comeback Against Toronto

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In the span of about six minutes, the Bruins found themselves in a hole. Joffrey Lupul and Nikolai Kulemin had Boston down 2-0 in front of their home crowd on March 25, leaving fans wondering what was happening. But Milan Lucic wasn’t going to let that score stand—he put the Bruins on the board about a minute later and Patrice Bergeron got the game knotted up at two midway through the third. Shootout heroics were needed in this game and Bergeron, plus his linemate Tyler Seguin, provided those for the 3-2 win.

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Are You Not Entertained?

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If you like your games high-scoring and high-drama, March 27’s game against the Canadiens was just that. Once again down two goals, though, Dougie Hamilton was the first to score for Boston (which was, unfortunately, a bad omen because the Bruins have yet to win when 27 scores). Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron piled on two more second-period goals, Bergeron’s on the power play, to get ahead and Nathan Horton cushioned the lead even more.

Montreal started to fight back, Seguin put up another Bruins goal (celebration pictured) and then the team just got too comfortable. Brendan Gallagher brought it within one and Andrei Markov tied the game with mere seconds left in regulation. This time, every single Bruin who took a shot in the shootout failed and they lost 6-5.

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Out of Gas in Philly

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Once upon a time, Mike Knuble was a member of the Bruins. But now he plies his trade with the Flyers and scored a power play goal to kick off the scoring in a March 30 matinee. Matt Read sent Boston into yet another two-goal hole (gee, see a pattern here?) and Nathan Horton ended Ilya Bryzgalov’s shutout bid, but an empty-net goal sealed the deal, 3-1, in an otherwise forgettable matinee game.

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So Long, Sabres

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To close out their extremely busy month of March, the Bruins took their show on the road to Buffalo and shut out the Sabres 2-0. However, for most of the game, the score was knotted up at zero and it looked very much like this game would go into overtime with no score at all. But, like that student who comes to class late and then seems to excel, David Krejci and Nathan Horton scored two goals in a span of just under three minutes, awarding Anton Khudobin a shutout.