Four thoughts on last night’s loss that sent the B’s to second place in the Atlantic Division:
- There was nothing malicious about Max Pacioretty’s hit on Johnny Boychuk last night. Though the result was undeniably bad, calling for Pacioretty to get suspended, as some were on Twitter last night, is a little bit too much. It certainly was a two-minute penalty, but nothing more. Watching Boychuk go into the boards, my first thought was a separated shoulder. However, as the minutes wore on, it became clear that it was something more serious. The consensus now seems to be that it was some kind of back injury that led to intense spasms, probably coupled with a few broken ribs for good measure. Ain’t hockey fun?
- Carey Price is a really good goalie, whether bitter Bruins fans will admit it or not. If I were picking Team Canada, he’d be my starter in Sochi. (That’s not true. If I were picking Team Canada, I’d make someone ridiculous my starter so I could submarine the Canadians and guarantee US dominance, but that’s a story for another day.) Price certainly didn’t “steal” the game last night, as he got some help from the solid D-corps in front of him. However, he was excellent when it mattered in the third period. Despite being a Canadien, Price is a fairly likable guy. He’s used to playing in the pressure cooker that is Montreal, and could stand up to the pressure of tending goal in the Olympics. He’d be a great choice for Team Canada.
- I’m beginning to falter in my support for fighting in the NHL, but I do think it still has a place in the game. However, last night’s scrap between Shawn Thornton and Brandon Prust was a snoozer. If all fights were like that, no one would want fighting in the NHL. “Hey, look! A fight! Yea…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.”
- It’ll be interesting to see what the Bruins are made of in the coming weeks. Last night marked the start of a stretch of ten games that will see the B’s on the road eight times. Road games against Toronto, Vancouver, and Nashville will be good tests, and all kinds of weird things can happen out in Calgary and Edmonton. Last night marked the first time in what seems like an eternity that the Bruins weren’t atop the Atlantic Division. If they don’t get things together, this road trip could make the top of the Atlantic even further away.