Post-game notes: Islanders vs. Bruins 3/31/12

Today, both the Bruins players and Bruins fans came into Long Island, ran shit, and left. There were so many positives about this game I don’t even know where to begin.

Let’s start off with David Krejci. He opened up the scoring late in the first period, scoring his 22nd goal of the year. Kyle Okposo tied it up even later in the first but I wasn’t surprised. This was a game where the Bruins were very much expected to win, but it wasn’t guaranteed.

In no way could we overlook this team. The Isles are still fighting even if they were eliminated from the playoffs months ago. This is a team that beat one of the hottest teams in the league, the Pittsburgh Penguins, in back-to-back games.

During the second period, both teams seemed to up the ante. I received a very reassuring update from the Bruins Twitter that read:

“Think the B’s are sleepwalking through this one? No way. Chara barking instructions on the bench. Clear uptick in play in the 2nd.”

It’s important for the Bruins to finish off the regular season strong and get momentum on their side going into the playoffs. Don’t underestimate anyone.

One of the biggest highlights of the game was absolutely Chris Kelly scoring his 20th goal of the season. I’ve been waiting a long damn time to see that (I know Ashley has too.) Kelly spent 6 seasons (only counting the ones where he played a significant amount of games) with the Ottawa Senators. His highest total goals out of those six seasons was 15, therefore he broke his career-high 5 goals ago. His highest total points in those six seasons was 38. This season, with the Boston Bruins, Chris Kelly has tallied 20 goals and 18 assists for a total of 38 points. To put it simply, he’s having a career season.

Kelly was picked up at the trade deadline line last year, and didn’t make a significant impact throughout the rest of the regular season. He was forgettable. During the playoffs, he was an unsung hero. And now, he is shining.

After the game Kelly shared some humble words in regards to his 20th goal:

“It’s nice to get that kind of a milestone. But I’m a perfect example of being the product of playing on a good team.”

The same could go for Brian Rolston who is tearing it up in his return to Boston. Going into the game against Washington, Rolston was riding a 7-game point streak. He’s not just a figure of veteran leadership; his presence is being made known offensively, as well. Last year with the Islanders, Rolston tallied only 4 goals and 5 assists in 49 games. He’s only been with Boston for 18 games this year and he’s already got 3 goals and 10 assists. Rolston has nothing but positive things to say about the character and togetherness of the team and believes it’s unlike any other in the rest of the league.

Keep an eye on him during the playoffs, could very well be an unlikely hero.

Its guys like Chris Kelly and Brian Rolston that really speak volumes about the Bruins organization. They can take seemingly “useless” players and turn them into a significant piece of a dangerously deep offense.

Anyway, moving on!

The game was tied up by PA Parenteau before the end of the second and we were tied yet again.

The third period was when the Boston Bruins tore the game wide open. Sound familiar?

Brad Marchand opened up the scoring in the third period, notching his 27th goal of the season. Later, Tyler Seguin tallied his 27th goal of the season. Moments like that have you saying “damn that line is hot” all over again.

Just when you thought this game was a wrap, the Isles got right back in it with a goal from Parenteau once again.

Fortunately for us, the B’s put the pedal to the floor and buried 2 very, very quick goals close to the end of regulation. Bergeron grabbed his 21st of the season at 16:19 of the third and just 24 seconds later Krejci put up his 2nd of the game and 23rd of the season. Can you say BABOOM?

The Bruins ended up walking away with the 6-3 win.

Other things I should mention:

  • Marty Turco got his second straight win and played a strong game in between the pipes. He made some incredibly important, game-changing saves throughout the game; two of them on Michael Grabner. Turco made a cartwheel-like save on a partial-breakaway from Grabner, and then snatched the puck out of the air on his second attempt. It was important for Turco to come out strong again and he didn’t disappoint.

Also, Turco was in control of the B’s Instagram after the game.

The funniest part may be his inability to take a clear picture.

  • Bruins took over the Islanders arena, so much that the Islanders were booed when they came out for warm-ups.
  • If these numbers don’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will:

Bruins record when leading by 2 goals at any point: 36-0-0.

Under Claude Julien, all-time, the Bruins are 165-5-12 when leading by 2 goals at any point.

5 regulation losses…

5….

 

What we learned: Not really something we learned but the Boston Bruins have the most depth of any team in the National Hockey League (Penguins do to but let’s not use their name too often on this blog, it taints it). After Kelly tallied his 20th of the season, the B’s now have 6 players with 20 or more goals on the season.

Just remember: Again, it’s not something we really have to remember but

Let’s win this division, boys. YOU CONTROL YOUR DESTINY.

 

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