The Boston Bruins bounced back from their worst defeat of the season. The Bruins proved they could handle adversity and play with composure and urgency. The Bruins were effective in their own end of the ice and were motivated in the offense zone. The Bruins managed to show the rest of the league why they are considered elite.
It may have only been a 3-2 win against the New York Rangers in the eyes of the league, but it proved to true hockey fans why this team is so good. The Bruins were able to hold the Rangers to 19 shots. Tuuka Rask had to make 17 saves in the win. This is substantially lower than the number of saves he has been forced to make recently.
The Bruins received some much-needed emotional play from captain Zdeno Chara. He chipped in with a Gordie Howe hat trick to help the Bruins pull out a victory. Chara has seemed to be missing in action as of late. He has recorded a dismal minus-three rating this year and lacked the spark he has given the Bruins so many times in the past.
When Chara does bring that spark to the Bruins, it is monumental. You can feel it the second he drops his gloves with anyone. The Bruins need Chara to play like this more often if they are going to continue winning. Another important piece to the victory was Patrice Bergeron chipping in with a goal after only scoring five so far through 25 games. If this is the effort that the leaders on the Bruins are going to put forth after bad games, watch out.
When the Bruins get timely scoring from their most important players, they are virtually unbeatable. If they can keep Rask’s workload down to 19 or 20 shots a game, I would feel better about the number of games they expect him to play. This team is going to be dangerous in the playoffs if they continue to bounce back from bad games like they did against the Rangers. They not only defeated the Rangers, but put the rest of the NHL on notice by doing so.