Post-game notes: Senators vs. Bruins 2/29/12

I’ll start by saying welcome Brian Rolston (welcome back, technically), Mike Mottau and Greg Zanon. Rolston and Mottau got their chance in the lineup last night, as did Providence Bruins forward Max Sauve. Sadly none of them really made much of an impact, except maybe with our defense…maybe? It could just be me, but I thought it looked more solid and Zanon’s not even in the lineup yet. Chara had a really fantastic game. He played the strongest he had in a while. Tim Thomas played great as well, only allowing one undeserved power play goal. But let’s not dwell on that. Unfortunately our offense didn’t show up, as per usual and we were shutout by a backup backup goaltender named Robin.

The Bruins looked flat from the minute the game started until the maybe around the third period. And by the third period I mean the last five minutes of the friggin’ game. Only then did it look like there was a hop in their step and urgency in their play. Once again the loss was a result of the Bruins inability to put forth a full sixty minute effort.

Rather than prolonging this pain-staking post-gamer, I’ll talk about the upside of some things.

It was Rolston and Mottau’s first game with the B’s (not Rolston’s again..technically..whatever), also Zanon was not playing. They need some more time to build chemistry with them. Hopefully with the additions of veteran leadership there will be a spark some life in the Bruins.

Another positive note, Boychuk skated today!

It was stated that he was suffering from concussion like symptoms and he was later diagnosed with a mild concussion. Looks like he could be recovering quickly? We can only hope.

Next up is the New Jersey Devils. With the Bruins win-lose-win-lose pattern they’ve got going I’m expecting a win from them tomorrow night, but I’m hope getting my hopes up. Let’s be optimistic and put February in the past. March is a new month, a new start, and hopefully the Bruins can get some consistency going starting tomorrow night.

What we learned: The Bruins offense has been seemingly nonexistent over the past month or so. It’s just not the same, dominant, high-scoring force it used to be. I’m not going to sit here and blame the lack of offense on the absence of Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley because I very much expect the rest of the guys to step up while they’re going. It’s unacceptable and the offense needs to start producing now.

Just remember: The only note I will leave you with is: EVERY. SLUMP. COMES. TO. AN. END.

Knock on wood.



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