Huge game today for Tim Thomas, who’s shutting up the haters as of late. The Bruins have won six of the last seven, two of those coming in the last three days with Timmy in net while Rask battles a knee injury. Timmy made 35/37 saves (also bolstering my fantasy team, thank you sir.)
We’re seeing Seidenberg get a little more comfortable too, which is good to see; the awkwardness from the game against the Leafs on Thursday seems to be dissapating. Perfect timing, too, as tomorrow’s game against the Pens is not going to be an easy won. The Pens beat the Stars 6-3, and although some of that can be blamed on a faltering Dallas squad without their starting goaltender to rely on, the Pens’ performance behind Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Jordan Staal today was scary good.
A goal from David Krejci always feels nice and familiar, but goals from the seemingly snakebitten Marc Savard and the $4 million letdown Milan Lucic were just the icing on this game. Little things are improving slowly, the lack of Wideman-Hunwick as a D-pair gives Julien a lot more credibility as a coach, we’ve got the #1 penalty kill in the league yet again, and it’s always good to see Patrice Bergeron lighting it up with hits and steals. All in all, this was a fantastic way to start the road trip; let’s keep the ball rolling in Pittsburgh. Go Bruins.
The Tea Party’s Three Stars:
1. Tim Thomas.
Clearly, the man works best when people doubt him. Feels good to shut up the haters, I bet.
2. Dennis Seidenberg.
I can’t count the number of times a good clean hit or a blocked shot or just general dirty work down low in our end lead to a breakout for our team or at the very least an easing-up of pressure on Timmy. Plus, GERMAN. What’s not to love?
3. Patrice Bergeron
In his first game back post-Olympics, Patrice Bergeron shined – he may not have scored a goal, but he, like Seidenberg, got down to work making space and smart passes. Having him back, especially tomorrow, will only be beneficial.
And the first ever Black Hole Award goes to….
black hole. n.
- a region of space resulting from the collapse of a star
- a great void; an abyss
- MICHAEL RYDER.
Regardless of whether that hit was dirty or clean, it was a hit from behind and in today’s league, that’s avoidable and unacceptable. Ryder should know better, and he cost his team a lengthy 5 minute power play, which luckily they were able to kill off. He also received a game misconduct and will potentially face suspension; aside from that, as soon as he left Krejci and Wheeler’s line, they’ve started producing, which speaks volumes about both Ryder’s ineffectiveness and Satan’s usefulness. Congratulations, Ryder: you’re today’s Black Hole. See you in a few games.