Season Record: Bruins: 4-4-0, 5th in Atlantic Division | Islanders 4-2-0, 2nd in Metropolitan Division (I know...what?)
Cory Conacher - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo
Nikolai Kulemin - Brock Nelson - Cal Clutterbuck
Josh Bailey - Frans Nielsen - Ryan Strome
Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Colin McDonald
Nick Leddy - Johnny Boychuk
Thomas Hickey - Travis Hamonic
Calvin de Haan - Brian Strait
Goaltenders: Chad Johnson (hi), Jaroslav Halak
IR: Mikhail Grabovski
Milan Lucic - David Krejci - Seth Griffith
Brad Marchand - Patrice Bergeron - Reilly Smith
Chris Kelly - Carl Soderberg - Loui Eriksson
Daniel Paille - Gregory Campbell - Simon Gagne
Zdeno Chara - Dougie Hamilton
Dennis Seidenberg - Torey Krug
Adam McQuaid - Matt Bartkowski
IR: Kevan Miller
Goaltenders: Tuukka Rask, Niklas Svedberg
A 5-3 victory over the Sharks and I can finally exhale. Bruins hockey is back. What we saw Tuesday night wasn't a sloppy win or a win against the Sabres. The Bruins decisively defeated the San Jose Sharks, number 3 in the Pacific Division. Power plays were working, Tuukka Rask was starting to actually resemble Tuukka Rask (in the last 5 minutes, at least). Even if the Islanders were at full strength, I'd feel confident about the Bruins tonight.
Despite losing their last two games, the Islanders are good this year. Seriously, this is not a drill. With Grabovski on IR for "concussion-like symptoms," though, they've had to mess around with the lines. He's still out tonight so we can expect altered lines that may not mesh well together. But really...the Islanders are good this year.
You should be excited about Seth Griffith's first goal. Our rookie is finding his place as a Bruin. After stressful trades and transactions, a solid win against a damn good team is restoring some optimism. I expect productive offense and the Bruins defense we know tonight.
Is 10 am too early for Tequila shots? I'll take five.
Last Game in Fancy Stats:
Prevailing late in the game? The Boston Bruins? Never.