Well, that was a tough one, all the more so because it felt unnecessary. It felt like the Bruins dominated through a period and a half, but penalties and taking the foot off the gas did them in. Ah, well. Not to get hockey philosophical about this, but sometimes you have a subpar game, and win against one of the best teams in the league (like Thursday), and sometimes you play well for a lot of a game, and then lose in last couple of minutes. C'est la vie dans le hockey, I suppose. But seriously, no more late, stupid penalties, guys.
-The first period. The Bruins dominated possession, they scored on the powerplay, they executed in all three zones. Delightful.
-Torey Krug continues to be a stud.
-The LIK line (I refuse to call it the KIL line). They now have 12 (Krejci), 11 (Lucic), and 8 (Iggy) points on the season, respectively. Is it a bit concerning that the bulk of the scoring is coming from one line? Sure, but hey, at least it's coming from ANY line.
-At one point halfway through the second period, the line of Bergeron, Marchand, and Reilly had FF% close of 100%. They had not allowed a single Fenwick event (a shot on goal or a missed shot) against while on the ice. That's bananas.
-The last half of the second period. In a happy marriage of stats and the eye-test, the Bruins pulled back both in shot attempts and in overall play -- there was a noticeable decline in both over the course of the second.
-The PK's inevitable tumble back to earth.
-The last two minutes OH GOD PTSD.
-It bears repeating: the penalty kill was really gross, friends.
The Bruins (who lost to an inferior team tonight) play the Penguins (who lost to an inferior team tonight). Should be fun.
GIF of the night, courtesy of Phony: