Discussion in 'Boston Bruins' started by Alicat, Mar 14, 2018.
No lines because we don’t have any injury updates.
Thanks Aly !
Love the title.
I heard a rumor that points are at a premium.
Looking to confirm.
SUNRISE, Fla. -- It may be that some fans who jumped on the Florida Panthers' bandwagon as they stacked victory after victory onto the caravan ... are ready to jump off again.
That's what happens when a team starts the season as poorly as the Panthers did, ranking 28th in the NHL in points as of Jan. 30. Since then, however, the Panthers are 15-4-1, putting them on the brink of a playoff spot.But the Panthers suffered a bad home loss on Monday, falling 5-3 to the out-of-contention Ottawa Senators. That snapped Florida's franchise-record eight-game home win streak.
On Thursday night, the Panthers will face a much tougher test when they host the Boston Bruins (44-16-8), who are chasing the Tampa Bay Lightning for first place in the Atlantic Division. The Lightning have 100 points -- four more than Boston. But the Bruins have two games in hand. In addition, the Bruins are coming off a miraculous comeback win on Tuesday night at Carolina. The Hurricanes led 4-1 in the third period and yet the Bruins scored five straight goals to win 6-4.
"We've got a good hockey team coming in here," Panthers coach Bob Boughner said of the Bruins. "Every game is as big as the next."
The games are big for the Bruins, too, and they played like it on Tuesday, overcoming a third-period deficit of at least three goals and coming back to win in regulation for the first time since 1995. In fact, it was just the sixth time in their rich history that the Bruins have come back to win in those circumstances.Boston right winger David Pastrnak was the biggest hero with his first career hat trick and also one assist. All three of his goals came in the third period.
"We knew it was a big ask to come back," Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy told the media. "We talked about it after the second period. We told them, 'Listen, you just have to play better than the guy across from you, out-compete him and win some pucks. We may or may not win. But that's how we have to play.'"
The Bruins won with that simple approach, improving to 7-1-0 in their past eight games, making them every bit as hot as the Panthers.Three of Boston's third-period goals were scored in a span of 77 seconds, shocking Carolina in its own arena.
Boston played with just four defensemen for part of the third period after Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug left with undisclosed injuries. Those are Boston's top two defensemen, and their status for Thursday is in doubt. In addition, the Bruins lost left winger Jake DeBrusk (14 goals, 25 assists) to an upper-body injury. He is also questionable for Thursday. Those injuries and the fact that the Bruins have to travel and play at Florida with less rest should give the Panthers a bit of an advantage.
The Panthers, meanwhile, are healthy and hope to rebound from that Ottawa loss. They haven't lost consecutive home games since early December and need to win to continue to apply pressure on the teams they are chasing for the Eastern Conference wild-card playoff berths, the Columbus Blue Jackets and the New Jersey Devils.
"This homestand, we've been rolling," Boughner said. "The team has been playing well and finding ways to win (in general). We're going to move ahead (from the Senators loss). We will be fine."'
Don’t like to look ahead, but if we win this precious game in hand, we’ll be playing Tampa for first place on Saturday! So let’s WIN!
Here we go
Here we go!
Can’t believe our fans don’t get it
Unfounded, it is however, a statement game
Sparks is a forward so could this be a precursor to a forward being recalled, and DeBrusk being out tonight?
Every time I look at the PK numbers and it's dipping towards 80% or less, I cringe.
I know having Bergy makes all the difference in the world, but man, it's concerning right now
No dumb penalties tonight, boys!
Callups..... So potentially going to see a few guys? If it's a defenseman, I hope it's Zboril.
Referees Frederick L'Ecuyer (17), Chris Lee (28)
Linesmen David Brisebois (96), Trent Knorr (63)
You bet your ass they are!
Let's Go ,s !!!
This tight lip injury crap is reminding me of the patriots. Was there even a morning skate for this game?
Not the defenseman I was hoping for. Blidh has been playing well though, so it'll be cool if he gets in there.
Wingles was scratched last game but was he actually out for injury? He was the 13th forward who would slide in for DeBrusk so for an Emergency Recall they need to be down to 11 forwards. Or did the Bruins lose yet another player to injury?
If he plays, this is a good opportunity for Blidh to earn a new contract for next year. I'm interested in seeing his speed paired with Kuraly's. This is about the same time last year that Kuraly was recalled for injury replacement and has been a full time NHL player since.
Was hoping to see Zboril or Lauzon get a game or two, but it's also not a bad idea to get Postma back up to NHL speed before playoffs.
I hope JDB can go but Blidh has earned a look this year.
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