Thursday, January 5, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Bruins 9, Flames 0
By James Murphy
BOSTON -- The Bruins' offense is alive again! Boston followed up its 6-1 thrashing of New Jersey on Wednesday by putting a nine-spot on the Flames, totally dominating in a 9-0 rout Thursday night to kick off a four-game homestand at a raucous Garden.
Prior to Thursday, the last time Bruins scored nine goals in a game was Oct. 28, 1998, against Montreal. The last time they won a game by nine goals was in 1987.
Patrice Bergeron and Nathan Horton each lit the lamp twice and eight players had multi-point nights as the Flames had no answer for the Bruins' offense. The Bruins will now welcome the Vancouver Canucks in a rematch of the 2011 Stanley Cup final Saturday. Wonder if Roberto Luongo watched this one?
Lucic-Krejci-Horton line gaining steam: The Bruins’ top line on paper heading into the season was Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Nathan Horton, but until recently had lost that title to the line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin due to inconsistency. In their last two games, however, Lucic, Krejci and Horton have caught fire and resemble the dominating force they were last season. Horton (two goals; assist) and Krejci (goal; two assists) had three points apiece and Lucic had a goal and an assist. In their past two games, Lucic, Krejci and Horton have accounted for 13 points.
Bergeron doing it all ... again: With everything Patrice Bergeron does, you have to wonder where the Bruins would be without him. Yes, Tim Thomas is the team MVP and Zdeno Chara is right behind him, but Bergeron is once again proving just how valuable he is to this team with his solid two-way play and leadership. As is always the case, Bergeron was a master defensively but he lit things up on offense for a second consecutive game with two goals and an assist. With the Canucks coming to town Saturday, Bergeron is playing like he did in the Stanley Cup finals, specifically Game 7, when the Bruins won the Stanley Cup.
Seguin waking up?: After a roaring start to the season, Seguin’s production dwindled a bit over the past month and that was put under an even bigger microscope when he missed a team breakfast in Winnipeg and was benched for the game that night. But Seguin has quietly been playing a solid two-way game lately and hustling a lot more. That hustle has paid off in the last three games. Seguin had a goal and two assists Thursday and now has a three-game point streak going with two goals and three assists over that span.
Rask extends win streak to five games: Tuukka Rask won his fifth straight game and earned his third shutout of the season, making 25 saves. He has given up just one goal in his last 276:08.
Chara gets 300th assist: With his two helpers Thursday, the Bruins captain now has 300 career assists. Chara now has 18 assists to go along with seven goals this season and is a Norris Trophy candidate once again.
Seidenberg extends point streak to five games: After scoring his first goal in 32 games on Dec. 23, Dennis Seidenberg now has two goals and four assists in his last five games and is really chipping in offensively. Seidenberg was one of the Bruins’ best players in the 2011 Cup run and is looking more like that player now.
Marchand out with flu: Bruins winger Brad Marchand was a late scratch due to flu-like symptoms. With Marchand out, Benoit Pouliot moved up into his slot on the line with Bergeron and Seguin and Zach Hamill was back in the lineup skating with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. Pouliot fit in just fine with Bergeron and Seguin, assisting on Seguin’s first-period goal and Bergeron’s tallies in the second and third periods. Here’s what the lineup looked like Thursday night:
Benoit Pouliot-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Nathan Horton
Zach Hamill-Chris Kelly-Rich Peverley
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid