I didn’t see enough of this game to do a full post, but here are a few quick thoughts:
-The two new guys did pretty well, aside from Brian Rolston getting a penalty on his first shift. Rolston and Mike Mottau were unremarkable, but that’s almost a good thing in a player’s first game on a new team. They didn’t make any mistakes, and that’s a good sign. Rolston actually showed a bit more jump than I expected from his old legs.
-Tim Thomas was fantastic tonight, and deserved a better fate. The one goal he allowed was on a puck he probably never even saw, and he made a number of sterling stops. Despite the loss, Thomas probably played his best game in quite a while tonight, which is a good sign for the B’s.
-The offense is still sputtering (duh, they got shutout). The trickle-down effect from the injuries to Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley are still messing with the lines, messing with chemistry, and messing with the team’s ability to put the puck in the back of the net. The B’s lost eight games in February, and were shutout in five of them. Yikes.
-I didn’t see the beginning of the game, but writers are saying that Joe Corvo indicated that he was told on his first shift by Colin Greening of the Senators that Kyle Turris wouldn’t be fighting him tonight. Corvo added that he wasn’t happy, but that he wasn’t going to go chasing Turris around like a goon. Fair enough. I didn’t expect Corvo to fight tonight, especially after the comments he made. Had he followed through, he would’ve been accused of meting out pre-meditated violence, something the league would likely have had a swift and harsh reaction to. Corvo didn’t have a great night all-around, and will likely find himself in the press box when Greg Zanon is ready to go on Thursday.
-The more I see of Erik Karlsson, the more I’m convinced that he’s Mike Green 2.0. He’s basically a liability in his own end, though he is young and will have time to improve. He’s getting lots of Norris consideration north of the border, but as long as the award continues to be given to the league’s best DEFENSEman, not “guy who plays on the blueline,” Karlsson’s name should be left out.