Sunday, March 15, 2009

L10: Games 61-70: 5-4-1

Well, not the best 10 games the Bruins have played all season by a long shot, but at the end they look to be getting back to something resembling a winning situation.  Let's take a stroll down memory lane.  Prozac will be provided for the faint of heart.

  • Game 61: Bruins 6 FLA 1: Byron Bitz gets 2 goals, plays most of the last 5 minutes to try to get a third as the crowd chants "We Want Bitz! We Want Bitz!"  Happier times, a win, points.  A good old fashioned thrashing of a southeast team.
  • Game 62: Bruins 6 ANA 0: The Bruins take the points from a western conference team.  Some people referred to this as "Dallas game 2.0."  Those people don't know how the Ducks won the cup 2 years ago.  It wasn't all Teemu Selanne, folks.  Savard and Neidermeyer get matching roughing minors in an All-Star battle.
  • Game 63: Bruins 3 WSH 4: This one hurt.  Overtime loss for the Bruins.  Mostly it was the Bruins being tired and the Caps being rested.  Don't click that link unless you want to get all emo about the bruins.  Wow, what a post I did.  Damn.
  • Game 64: Bruins 2 PHI 4: Scottie Upshall starts the scoring for the Flyers and the Bruins do that thing where they can't score after the first 5-10 minutes.  Last game before the Trade Deadline, but still a game that matters.  Everyone's playing for a spot on their team.  Flyers score all 4 after the Bruins score their 2.
  • HOCKEY CHRISTMAS!!!  Bruins get Mark Recchi and Steve Montador.
  • Game 65: Bruins 1 PHX 2: Bruins get trapped in a trap game.  Scottie Upshall scores on the Bruins first again for the second time in 2 games, for 2 different teams.  Chara destroys Petr Prucha, but gets a penalty for it.
  • Game 66: Bruins 5 CHI 3: Bruins sweep their 2-game series with Chicago.  Mark Recchi lights it up in his second game for the Bruins, scores twice.  Bruins win big against another out-of-conference team, which sets them up for...
  • Game 67: Bruins 3 NYR 4: ...a big loss at MSG.  Manny is a good goalie, has a bad game because he's still rusty from coming back from injury.  If you were there, it was rough.  Lundqvist is puking his guts out between periods, and he lets in fewer goals.
  • Game 68: Bruins 0 CBJ 2: There are many excuses in this game.  Steve Mason is a hot goalie (true), Thomas let in his only goal while wearing Manny's Mask instead of his usual cage (true).  The fact of the matter is if the Bruins find a way to score a goal in this game, they're not losing 2-0 on the strength of a 180-foot Rick Nash empty net goal.
  • Game 69: Bruins 5 OTT 3: Kessel's Pair (of goals) wins this one for the Bruins, but the real story is Aaron Ward getting his career-first Short-handed Goal in his 750th game.  Congrats, Mr. Ward!  Spezza doesn't like losing.  Too bad.
  • Game 70: Bruins 2 NYI 1: Bruins should've won this one much bigger, but they're not playing all that great.  Alternatively, Coach Gordon has the Islanders playing pretty agressively and winning games.  The Bruins could double the Islanders overall points total, but not if the Islanders keep playing the way they do.
The Bruins were over .500 in the last five, but only because one of the 5 losses was in OT.  The Trade Deadline pickups were good.  Maybe not Butch Goring to Islanders good, but good nonetheless.  This is the salary cap era, after all.

The Bruins haven't won on the road since Feb. 17th.  They are 14-9-9 in 1 goal games, but 16-6 in 2 goal games and 15-1 in 3 goal games.

We're coming down the stretch to the Playoffs.  The next point the Bruins get puts them in triple-digit territory.
L10: 5-4-1
Record: 45-16-9 (W 2)
Home: 24-6-5 (W 3)
Away: 21-10-5 (L 4)