Last night, Bruins finally managed to put together a solid “60 minute effort”, as the kids like to say. You know who is happy?
Granted it was against the Carolina Hurricanes, who are taking a long ride on the struggle bus, but the effort was the Bruins’ most consistent of the season and they were rewarded with a 4-1 victory on the road. Bruins were 0-3 on the road after starting the season 4-0.
Bruins forwards were working hard, creating opportunities, and running the Canes’ defense around. Two of the four Bruins goals came from defensemen, including Johnny Boychuk’s rocket, his first goal in 3, 586 games. Okay, so not THAT many games but it has been a while since JB55 put on past the goalie.
Especially positive was the play of Soderberg/Kelly/Smith line. Soderberg and Smith each had a goal and an assist. This line seems to be finding some mojo as evidence by their nifty, quick passing in the offensive zone and it looks like Soderberg’s looooong road to the NHL might have been worth the journey.
Originally drafted by the Blues in the 2004 Entry Draft, this season will be the first full season for the 28-year-old Swede. He’s got 8 points in 14 games and did we mention that he’s Swedish?
Marchand started on the 3rd line but by late in the 2nd period was taking shifts on the 4th line. Since the summer and his break-up with Seguin, he just hasn’t been quite the player that we expected. Perhaps he spend too much time downing pints of ice cream, while listening to Sade and looking at photos of his lost love on his iPhone.
After the game, Bruins had to jump on a plane to NYC where they’ll take on the Rangers tonight. If I had to wager a guess, I think that Caron will be back in the line up, along with Thornton, with Marchy taking in the game from the press box.
Wonder if the popcorn at MSG is any good….
Tags: Boston Bruins, Brad Marchand, carl soderberg, carolina hurricanes, Chris Kelly, johnny boychuk