They had a lead during a game which is something they haven’t had in awhile.
They scored more than one goal, which is something that hasn’t happened often, especially lately.
They played harder, slighly better, you might even say that they competed.
They got a point. At least.
Well, if those kind of things give you the warm fuzzies, then you’re probably happy about last nights loss in overtime to the tired looking and opportunistic Boston Bruins. For me, nah. Learn how to hold a lead, learn how to put your foot on the gas pedal, learn to play to win, and not to lose.
There were some positives last night as I mentioned including The Little Weasel scoring as he took the puck form one end of the ice all the way to the other, undressing Zdeno Chara along the way. Even nasty Nick scored for Florida as they continued their goal drought having scored less than three goals in 13 consecutive games. Bottom line, Florida lost their 6th in a row, lost a lead they had going into the third period, and played the third as though they were hanging on for dear life. Not a way to put a game away, but this has how the season has gone.
42 year old Mark Recchi (a player that Florida passed on many times) scored the game tying goal in regulation and also scored the game winner in the shootout as he lifted a forehand shot high to the net past Tomas Vokoun, giving Boston it’s fourth win in a row as both teams now break for the Olympics.
Tuukka Rask the new number one netmider for Boston made 26 saves as he made his 6th consecutive start for Boston since taking over for Tim Thomas. The Bruins looked a bit slow and tired, but when you’re playing a team that’s scared of it’s own shadow, you get a break or two and that’s how you come out on top.
Tomas Vokoun making his 21st consecutive start made 37 saves and would honestly like to have one of the goals back that Boston scored on him, but things don’t work that way. The Panthers entered the game with the NHL’s worst power play which has been another contributing factor to thier anemic offence.
David Booth finally lit the lamp, however it was in the shootout, and wasn’t enough, and even Kamil Kreps scored for Florida, but the Bruins responded with goals by David Kreci and Marc Savard in addition to the winner by Recchi.
So now the next couple weeks we can focus on the Olympics, and speculate about what happens right after the break is over. Who will be here, and who will not, and what’s coming back in return. I would speculate that a blockbuster deal probably won’t be made, but stranger things have happened. Over the next couple weeks, I’ll speculate myself about what moves may or may not be made.
In the meantime, enjoy the break, watch some Olympic hockey, and get ready to bid adieu to some Panthers.
Thanks for reading.