It’s been a while. And the header needs updating as we have a new number 18 on the roster now (I’m sorry, Andrea).
I believe this blog slipped into hiding shortly after the B’s saw their hopes at a second Stanley Cup in three years slip away in a matter of 17 seconds. But enough about that.
Tonight, the Boston Bruins squared off-against the always lovely Montreal Canadiens. It felt like it’d been years since they last played each other, right? Actually it’d been approximately 9 months since we last saw the Smurfs. Unfortunately the game didn’t turn out as we planned as a well-rested Bruins squad failed to capitalize on playing a team that played 3 games in 4 nights. According to ESPN’s Joe McDonald, Claude Julien called Boston’s second period play “atrocious” and “embarrassing.”
The Bruins got on the board first with a goal from Gregory Campbell but an event of much greater significance occurred approximately 5 minutes into the game. As both Max Pacioretty and Johnny Boychuk went to battle for the puck along the end boards, Pacioretty checked Boychuk face-first into the dasher. I will note that this shouldn’t have been anything more than a minor penalty, which it was. This product was likely just a product of unfortunate timing and position. Either way, our stomachs were in knots seeing Boychuk go down like that. The scariest part was when his teammates tried to bring him to his feet, he was on all fours and seemed to be struggling immensely with his breathing.
Staff from both benches came onto the ice to help him and shortly after the stretcher was brought out. It took ten minutes to get Boychuk off of the ice and the Montreal crowd actually gave him a standing ovation as a left. He was sent to the hospital and it was later reported that he could move all of his extremities. He also traveled home with the team. Boychuk was examined by a specialist but no specific details have been released by the Bruins yet.
The Sports Hub recently said that Boychuk has suffered a lower-back injury and that it’s nothing serious. But we’ll have to wait until further information is released before making assumptions.
The second period of the game wasn’t pretty for Boston as Tomas Plekanec and Max Pacioretty put their team in front 2-1. And despite a monstrous effort in the third, that would be the final score of the game.
Claude Julien was not pleased with the effort that was put forth in the second period. Now, Montreal sits ahead of the Bruins by a point. But they’ve also played two more games. Now it’s up to the Bruins to win those games. It was a rough way to end a game against a rival but life goes on.
What we learned: This isn’t the first time the Boston Bruins haven’t put together a full, sixty minute effort. We’re getting tired of hearing it. But that’s what’s happening. Lapses in play that result silly mistakes, defensive breakdowns, and the opposition capitalizes. But the Bruins are still one of the best in the league. All we can hope for now is a bounce-back game against Pittsburgh and a speedy recovery from Johnny Boychuk.
1.) Carey Price
2.) Max Pacioretty
3.) Tomas Plekanec