Thursday, February 05, 2009
Philadelphia was missing Mike Richards, and several other key players. The Bruins, on the other hand, were healthy and firing on all cylinders. Philadelphia didn't have much of a chance. Nevertheless, it was a close game. But as the Bruins have done all year, they wore their opponent down, then destroyed them in the 3rd.
Michael Ryder and David Krejci were the heroes in the 3rd. Ryder's puck possession and Krejci's passing made the difference in the period, capitalizing on an already strung out Philly defense.
When the Bruins signed Ryder, I was far from thrilled. I saw it as a consolation prize to the Marian Hossa sweepstakes, and not a very good one at that. How fun it is to be wrong sometimes. He scored his 19th goal of the year, and was +3 on the night, both excellent examples of how he contributes in all aspects of the game.
One thing to "worry" about is the recent lack of power play production. The Bruins haven't scored a power play goal in 4 straight games now. Then again, that was after a stretch of 6 PP goals in 18 chances.
The Bruins fly up to Canada's capital to face the lowly Senators Thursday night.
AP Photo/H. Rumph Jr