After a couple of ugly games coming out of the Olympic break, the Bruins won their second in a row last night with a workmanlike 4-1 victory over the perennially struggling Florida Panthers. David Krejci’s hat-trick led the way for the Bs, who took a 2-0 lead just over halfway through the first and never looked back.
The top line of Krejci, Milan Lucic, and Jarome Iginla had another dominant night, combining for a 4-2–6 line. Chad Johnson lost his shutout bid with under eight minutes left but put in a solid night, stopping 23 of 24 shots. It was a game they should have won and did so handily.
Old pal Tim Thomas, who will now share duties with Roberto Luongo after he was traded back to Florida yesterday (barring a Thomas trade today), had his best effort in three tries against his former mates but it wasn’t nearly enough. He made a couple of his patented highlight reel saves and stopped 35 of 38 shots.
This Florida team is a mess that showed signs of life when they made the playoffs in 2012 but have since reverted back to their losing ways. They’ve gone through several owners, have shitty attendance, and really should be plying their trade in a different North American city. But sweetheart leases (and who knows what other forces) keep that from happening.
What’s really on the minds of Bs fans today isn’t another two points but what they’re going to do today before the 3:00 trade deadline. Peter Chiarelli needs to fill, as much as he can, the void left by Dennis Seidenberg’s injury. That’s the main area of concern, not another forward. I don’t traffic in rumors so I’m not going to start any here or pass any along. It’s silly season and 99% of what you read is pure bullshit.
Chiarelli’s M.O. has pretty much been to bring in a guy that nobody had coming here (i.e. Seidenberg, Nathan Horton). But he just needs to make the defense better. Hopefully, he can do that without altering this current iteration of Bruins too much, if at all. Judging by what teams have been paying for veteran D-men so far, help can be had for a 3rd or 4th rounder. If the Bs want to bring in a high-end defenseman, it’ll likely cost guys on the current roster.
Though I don’t think they really need secondary scoring help, you can never have too many guys who can fill the net. So if they can bring in a veteran scorer for a small price, sure. But they don’t have to go nuts.
Look for GMPC to bring in a top-four D-man and perhaps a lower-pair guy for injury insurance purposes. But I’m not as sold on them bringing in a sniper, as has been rumored.