Well Bruins Nation, we at Causeway Crowd want to take a look at the three stars of yesterday’s game and compare them to our own. We got to watch our first overtime shoot out of the season, and once again the Black and Gold are making a statement as they attempt to bring back the Stanley Cup to Boston.
January 21st, 2013 – Winnipeg Jets vs Boston Bruins: (Boston @ Home)
Final Score: Boston Bruins 2 – Winnipeg Jets 1
Causeway Crowd All Stars:
3rd Star: Patrice Bergeron :#37 showed off his hockey IQ tonight. It’s a shame pucks were flying everywhere today, and it’s our bad luck that Pavalec actually came to play. Bergeron did have an amazing moment in the second period where he was working off the Andrew Ference penalty. Bergeron had started tying up two of the Jets, and within the next forty seconds he had tied up practically the entire Jets squad on the ice. It was penalty killing like this that kept the Bruins tied through regulation, and Bergeron’s shootout goal is what finally nailed it for the Bruins.
2nd Star: Brad Marchand: Boston’s ‘Little Ball of Hate’ scored the first(and only regulation) goal tonight in the first period. Brad Marchand showed that the lack of playing in Europe didn’t atrophy his skill set one bit. #63 had several impressive steals in the game that led to shots on goal by Seguin and then later Bergeron. It was clear that he was also falling into the instigator role he was good at last season. At several points throughout the game, the 5’9″ Marchand was squaring off and out-muscleing the 6’5″ 265 lb Dustin Byfuglien. That Marchand went so far as to chirp then shove him in front of other Jets players proved that Marchand’s third season is going to be as promising as the last two were.
1st Star: Tuukka Rask: The Boston Bruins goalie has proven that he is the new chief of the crease police. Rask stopped twenty six of twenty seven goals tonight. He was flawless on the penalty kill, and was channeling bits of the old Tim Thomas. He was aggressive in the crease, and gave Winnipeg very few opportunities. When the Jets tempo increased in the third period and overtime, Rask became a wall of Black and Gold, and his skill in the net is what tipped the scales in Boston’s favor. Rask is now 2-0-0, with a 1.00 GAA and an outstanding .958 save percentage. If he remains even remotely close to those numbers through the season it will be his turn to hoist the Vezina at the end of the season. Tuukka time continues, and it’s a very efficent clock.
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