Yesterday, the Bruins destroyed the Blackhawks 6-2 behind a solid performance from just about everyone on B’s and a terrible performance from anyone wearing goalie pads for Chicago.
Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson, Milan Lucic, Gregory Campbell, Dougie Hamilton, and Reilly Smith all netted goals, with Bergy’s, Lucic’s, Dougie’s, and Reilly’s all coming from awesome individual plays by the goal scorers themselves. Just about everyone on the Bruins looked good, even the new 4th line of Caron, Campbell, and Ferlin, and also Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid. Now that’s how you know that everything went right for the Bruins on Sunday.
There is a lot of danger in yesterday’s game for the Bruins. My main concern is that Peter Chiarelli might convince himself that this team is still a Cup contender as it’s currently constructed, paving the way for another small trade deadline for the Bruins with an Andrej Meszaros or Greg Zanon type trade only. Brian Ferlin’s presence on at the 4RW spot seems to signal that Chris Stewart will be taking that spot soon, as Ferlin is just a placeholder. Cunningham didn’t make the cut for the 4RW spot for the rest of the season, and I’m more than happy with replacing him. But if Stewart is the only acquisition, the team is in trouble.
But we should embrace this win a little bit more, at least until the hated Canucks play in Boston tomorrow night. Tuukka Rask looked like the Vezina Trophy winner yet again, with his 26/28 save percentage not representing the quality of so many shots that he stopped yesterday. I’ll say it again, he’s still the most underrated X factor for the Bruins going forward. The difference between how he played in the 2013 playoffs and how he’s played throughout this season is worth somewhere between half a goal and a full goal per game, and yesterday’s Tuukka was a throwback to 2 springs ago.
And let’s give more credit to Patrice Bergeron, the only Bruin who has looked to have a full sense of urgency the past few weeks, and the Bruin who played the best of anyone on the ice yesterday.
The next few games, we’ll see if the Bruins can build anything off of beating one of the best teams in the league. They play Vancouver, New Jersey, Arizona, Calgary, and Philadelphia next. Either 8 or 9 points in those 5 games should be expected, and if that happens, we may look back on the Blackhawks game as the one that turned the season around.