After a 6-0 drubbing at the hands of the Sabres, the Bruins needed a strong effort, and more importantly points, against Nashville yesterday. But Nashville might be the toughest team in the league to play against, and after taking a 2-1 lead in the third, Nashville climbed back to lead 3-2 with 3:32 left to play. It looked like the Bruins, despite a good effort, wouldn't come up with the two points.
But ex-Hab Sergei Kostitsyn tripped Milan Lucic with 2:18 left, and Looch tied the game with 1:07 left. The Bruins almost scored again in regulation, but couldn't bury the game-winner. They got it done in the shootout though, with Tim Thomas stopping two Preds and Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron beating Pekka Rinne. It was a huge win that hopefully they will build off as the first-place Rangers come to town Tuesday night.
- Yesterday's win showed the Bruins' character once again. [WEEI]
- Oh no! Tuukka Rask wants to be a starter . . . Isn't that a good thing? [WEEI]
- Tim Thomas has nothing to say on his latest political statement. When is he going to realize that if you post political things on Facebook you're going to be asked about it? [ESPN]
- After good news on Nathan Horton a few days ago, he's stopped skating due to concussion symptoms. Get well Nate. [ESPN]
- Milan Lucic was immense yesterday, giving one of his best performances of the year when his team needed it most. Haggs says he's becoming more and more of a leader, and you can certainly tell. [CSNNE]
- Peter Chiarelli's wish list is a forward and a defenseman "without subtracting anything." Joe Corvo and Benoit Pouliot apparently should be worried. [Pro Hockey Talk]
- An interesting look at Mats Sundin's refusal to waive his no-trade clause a few years ago and how it changed the view on loyalty in the NHL. [Puck Daddy]
- Weird story out of Lynn: A 9-year old scored his 200th goal last month, which is a ton of goals in my opinion, and when he asked the referee if he could keep the puck the ref reportedly called the kid selfish and refused. This is according to the boy's parents. His coach denies that the ref did anything, and says that the boy's mother is an overbearing hockey mom. Good ol' Lynn. [Puck Daddy]
- Can we just give Evgeni Malkin the MVP already? [NHL]
- Mike Smith made 38 saves, and the Coyotes gave the Blackhawks their 8th straight loss. [TSN]
- With Anaheim struggling, might Teemu Selanne get moved? I think we'd all flip if Teemu ended up with a spoked-B on his chest. [Puck Daddy]
- GMs want an one-time "amnesty clause" to be in the new CBA, like the NBA installed this season. Basically, this means Scott Gomez could be cut at no cost, which is terrible. Plus the guy is on a tear right now. [Calgary Sun]