Los Angeles Game
The Kings Game Recap:
No time for the full thing, so here’s the league’s highlight reel:
Here’s what you need to know:
Marchand Scored Twice!
No shutout for Swayman :(
- Your TOI Leader was Charlie McAvoy with 26:39 logged!
- This was greasy as hell. The Bruins PK finished 1/6 which should give you a good idea of how they played against Los Angeles; both sides were trying to drag each other into the shadow realm, and only with the might of Brad Marchand’s own network TV debut could they overcome.
- Well, that and David Pastrnak being a point a game player. This one wasn’t some goofy fall-over thing, it was just a nice and honest shot from a tight angle that beat Talbot clean. We’d be lost without you, David.
- Derek Forbort has been getting some flak lately, some of it (okay...most of it) deserved for being a bit low on skating speed and defensive acumen, so he picked up the pace with an offensive explosion of two assists tonight!
- Jake missed a pretty solid game all things considered. I hope he shows up for the Anaheim game ready to go.
- I’m not gonna hold the late goal against Swayman; the team clearly chose not to involve themselves in the play that got LA their second goal. A .941 SV% is still really good.
Onto today’s contest!
Just the Facts:
- The Time: 8:30pm EST
- The Place: Honda Center, Anaheim, California
- Place to Watch: NESN
- Place to Listen: 98.5 The Sports Hub
- An Opposing Viewpoint: Our very good friends who’ve revived themselves; Anaheim Calling.
Know Your Enemy:
- The Ducks are bad and you do not need to know anything beyond that.
- Their lead goalscorer is...Frank Vatrano, with 4 goals in 4 games. Former Bruins cannot help but keep winning, huh.
- Ryan Strome, Troy Terry, and Mason McTavish are right behind him with 3 points in 3 games. They also just got Leo Carlsson and he’s also been pretty solid, getting his first NHL goal last game!
- Somehow, the Ducks’ goaltender is still John Gibson, though he’s splitting duties with Lukas Dostal now. Dostal has the better SV% of .916, but that hasn’t improved things.
The Ducks are still not-good. That isn’t really a surprise even though it should be with all the talent they have? They still have a ton of dead weight to get through before their young boys get the proper veteran help to develop.
That said, this might be the trappiest trap game to game a trap; the Bruins just played a 4-2 game against the Kings that was sloppy, penalty filled, and often with some less than ideal defensive performances. Oh yeah and they nearly lost Poitras which could’ve been a critical loss before coming home. Handle your rookie with care!
Either way, it’s one final game out west before they re-enter normal game times by going to Chicago. Time to make this work!
Let’s go Bruins!