Wednesday, November 11, 2009
The talking heads on Versus kept talking about how much the Penguins missed Malkin and several other key players. While that's true, the Bruins played their asses off, and aren't exactly the healthiest team in the world.
Derek Morris had his best defensive game of the season. In fact, all the Bruins defensemen played very well in the offensive and defensive zones. Hunwick scored the first goal of the game, and Wideman got two assists. Chara smothered Cindy Crosby.
The Bruins have killed 28 of their last 29 penalties. That unit has improved dramatically since the start of the season.
With no Savard and no Lucic, the B's offense still lacks the ferocity it had last season. But they're playing well defensively, and keeping things simple in the offensive zone. Solid play leads to goals. Not a ton of goals, but enough to stay in games and let your Norris defenseman and Vezina goalie win them for you.
The Florida Panthers come to town Thursday night. They're 5-9-1 with the 4th worst PK percentage in the NHL, so the power play should be able to produce.
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