You have to admit it started off not very well. I mean 1:05 into the game and the Bruins were already down 1-0. They’d had a couple scares before the first goal went in and you had a feeling that the road winning streak may be coming to an end.
Well, hold that thought.
With a little less than five minutes left in the period Michael Ryder scored his 17th of the year tying the game on a feed from Milan Lucic and Adam McQuaid. But they weren’t done there, the Bruins scored one more time as Nathan Horton scored his 17th of the year as well on a feed from David Krejci and Dennis Seidenberg. Up 2-1 they headed into the intermission.
At this point I’ll talk about the arena where Edmonton plays their home games. It’s called the Rexall Place named for some drug company. Well, the arena is 37 years old and really looks it. The lighting in this place is so horrible that it looks like they’re playing hockey in someone’s garage. I looked into it and they’re trying to get a new arena built in downton Edmonton which, in my opinion, can’t happen quick enough. At least put in some decent lights in the meantime. Really.
The Bruins added on to their lead when new Bruin Rich Peverley (my friend said we’d like him) scored a minute or so into the second with assists going to Michael Ryder and fellow new Bruin Chris Kelly. From there it was the Bruins game to lose. So many times this season they’ve taken a lead into the third period and not lost the game. I tried and failed to find the exact stat.
The team improved to 5-0 on their current road trip and will face Ottawa again on Tuesday night. Before that, Monday is the NHL’s trading deadline. I don’t expect the Bruins to make any additional moves. They signed Shane Hnidy on Saturday to help bolster their blue line depth but after the trades with Toronto, Ottawa, and Atlanta earlier this month it seems unlikely they’d make any additional moves.
And why would they? They’re 5-0 on their current trip which coincides with when they made those moves so I wouldn’t want to change the current chemistry. So like the headline says, go Bruins go. 20 games to go and sitting atop the division (#3 in the East) by six points over Montreal, two goalies playing very well, and a team that seems to be gelling at exactly the right time. Hopefully a long playoff run is on tap.