This is a big one, y’all.
So we won a game. We won a game after dropping an amazing 10 straight, after panic about tanking the season and “who’re we gonna draft?” talks swirled everywhere. But we broke the streak – with a Tuukka Rask shutout, no less – and now it’s on to Buffalo.
It was nice to beat the Habs, it really was – but here’s the deal, guys. Tonight’s game? Way more important.
The Bruins have the #2 penalty kill in the league. We’re sitting pretty at 86.7 percent right now. But guess who’s at 86.8 percent? The SABRES. Tuukka’s got a sweet save percentage, still; 2nd in the league at .929. Guess who’s sitting at .931? Ryan Miller. (and Tomas Vokoun, but we’re leaving him out for dramatic purposes right now.)
Ference is back, Krejci’s probable, Sturmface is on Bergy’s line (SO good!), and McQuaid stepped up bigtime in Johnny B’s absence two nights ago, looking good paired with Ference. This is our chance to not only reclaim our rightful place as leaders of the PK pack, to not only get Tuukka the rightful save % leader photo he deserves, but to make ourselves contenders, tying Philly and Tampa for the 7th-8th playoff position, and putting more distance between us and the Thrashers/Rangers/Panthers. The playoff race is still hot, with only a 5-point spread between 6th and 12th; every two points count, and our guys aren’t giving up the season anytime soon.
Let’s get ’em. GO BRUINS.