GameDay: Bruins v. Ducks

Posted: 03/25/2012 by bc in Uncategorized
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Trending: This tilt might feature the NHL’s hardest working goalie against one of the NHL’s most successful netminders. If not Tim Thomas, look for former Ducks nemesis Marty Turco to get the call. It is the 2nd of back2back road games for the Bruins but Thomas has made 15th consecutive starts. Jonas Hiller is expected to break Guy Hebert’s Ducks franchise record for most starts in a season. this will be Hiller’s 69th start.
Each team has sputtered of late. Anaheim (4-5-1) has won its last 2 games. Boston (5-5-0) snapped a 4 game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the Kings last night.

Keys to the Game: Keep the puck and the play away from Zdeno Chara. The lanky Bruins D-man is as close as it gets to old school hockey. In one on ones Chara doesn’t even look for the puck. He takes the player. Lines ’em up and BAM! somebody is sucking ice chips or spitting chiclets.
The Bruins play a grind game. They excel in the alleys. Our Ducks do have a line that can play that style. Aside from the top line, our Ducks are better suited for up tempo attacking off the rush hockey.
Look for Coach Boudreau to continue with the lines that have been successful in two straight games. Spreading out the scoring challenges and stresses the opposition’s defense. The Bruins can also do the same thing. Boston has five guys with 20 goals or more and nine players in double-digit goal scoring.
BTW, Tyler Seguin the guy the Bruins drafted with Toronto’s first round pick acquired in the Phil Kessel trade, leads Boston in points with 26 goals and 34 assists.

Scary Stats: (1) Bruins are the NHL’s best face off team with a win rate of 54.2%. Ducks are 28th best at 47.2%. Look for our Ducks to be chasing the puck  a lot tonight. (2) Boston has eleven players with a plus/minus of plus-10 or better. Ducks have two (Koivu & Brookbank) and have only ten players with plus-1 or better. Our Ducks are in for one tough battle tonight.

  1. Charter Cable was once again unable to maintain its service. Consequently I missed most of the second and third periods. Saw the no goal call on You Tube. Jeez, those Refs could work for Charter Cable.
    Post game comments are available at ADHN.
    The game did produce a couple of noteworthy records. Teemu Selanne moved past Luc Robitaille into sole possession of 4th place on the all time PP goals list. Flash needs one more PP goal to tie Phil Esposito for third. BTW, Teemu is also likely to join Gordie Howe as the only players to lead their team in points after the age of 40.
    Jonas Hiller broke Guy Hebert’s Ducks franchise record for most in-season starts by a goalie.

  2. czhokej says:

    The Ducks did not play bad, but it was not not good enough. Those better teams play with a lot of confidence, they seem to be faster and there is always somebody open to receive the pass. They can apply more pressure and they make less mistakes.
    Poor face-off performance hurt us the whole season. Our “best” players (or best paid = RG, BR, CP) did not save us. The whole season I have been saying that in order to win games, at least one of them must score.

    • Our guys stunk out the barn in that first period. It reminded me of the Kings game only the B’s didn’t run up the score. Thank you Jonas. The whole period was played along the boards. We just can’t let opposing teams dictate the play like that.
      You’re spot on the Bruins looked fast. Us standing around helped.

  3. czhokej says:

    Brad, I really hate that puck chasing after we lose FOs. Because of that (but not only because of FOs), our poor PP is weak. Getz was again only 38% in the circle last night. And look how unbalanced is our PP scoring – Perry 13, Selanne 12, Getzlaf 4. It’s not enough to be a good passer, our PP system became too predictable because of that.

    • It’s why I’m so torn about how to move forward cz. We basically know now that the PP was due to a great season by Visnovksy. part of me is ready to give up Getz and move on. The other part is get him the help he so obviously needs.
      The thing is though,if he gets the help does he show up?

  4. czhokej says:

    They waved off the regular goal, because Cogliano did not touch the goalie before the puck was in.

    • Yeah, Gabby said something about you can’t screen the goalie anymore. He’s right. I’ve never seen a time when the officiating has been this bad.
      We’re not nearly close enough to understand the cause. The result is conclusive. Could NHL micro-managing be contributing to all of the inexplicable officiating we’ve seen this season?

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