Based on postgame quotes, the Bruins aren't too pleased with their new identity of blowing third period leads. SO THAT'S GOOD.
+ Brad Marchand's goal was nice.
+ Patrice Bergeron looked okay.
+ The media at large throwing in the towel when Rich Peverley took the first defensive zone faceoff of the game while out with Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic was hilarious. "Oh, Ryan Spooner's off that line already, look at that." Way to be. Spooner ended up playing the rest of the game on Horton and Lucic's line.
+ Spooner looked pretty good for his first full NHL game. He went four for eight at the dot, including two of four defensive zone draws. He had 15:29 of ice time; more than any of the bottom-six forwards, and including 3:35 of power play time.
+ The PK looked ok tonight, but Blake Wheeler's goal in the third...yikes. Why can't Boston get players like that? (Sorry, sorry, I know that joke's been made.)
- Everything else? It's getting a little old not seeing the sixty-minute effort. I'll add the fenwick timeline when it's live, but they barely made it into the offensive zone in the last five minutes, and when you're down by a goal, that's not really acceptable. It was too bad, since the pace of the game for the first half or so was exciting and uptempo.
- The Bruins were outhit definitively tonight, for the first time in a long time.
- Ha ha the power play. Joke status. They had no shots on goal in the first one, and four in the second. Although the first PP unit composed entirely of youngsters was an interesting idea, it clearly didn't work out as well as the Bruins would have liked.
Off to Ottawa and Toronto next. See you in Ontario.