After the Bruins put on one of their most pitiful performances against the Red Wings on Wednesday night, they have enjoyed Thanksgiving and look to put a Black Friday beat down on the New York Rangers.
The Bruins played an all-around sluggish game on Wednesday, getting outshot 28-17, going 0-3 on the power play and Tuukka Rask letting in six goals in 28 shot attempts. I don’t expect the same performance from Rask or any of these guys as they are back in front of the Boston faithful.
No one is more upset than Bruins center man Patrice Bergeron: “It’s obviously a wakeup call and we have enough experience in this room to realize that, and we definitely have to be better. That’s too obvious. This is not typical, it’s not us.”
The Bruins played the Rangers just 10 days ago and won the game 2-1, as they scored both of their goals in the second period and held onto the one goal lead for the entire third period behind Tuukka Rask in net. It was a similar story with shots on net the last time the Bruins played the New York Rangers as the Rangers outshot the Bruins 44-22 in that game.
It’s hard to point your finger at the defense when the final score of the game is one where the opponent only scored one goal, but allowing 44 shots is way too much and will come back to bite them. The Bruins are a team that has a philosophy built on defense and nothing showed that more than the blockbuster deal that sent Seguin out of town this past offseason.
The Bruins have allowed three power play goals in the past five games going back to that Rangers game and that is an area that I look for the Bruins to improve in tonight.
“It’s embarrassing for our team,” Bruins winger Reilly Smith told media. “And we have to come out next game and show that we’ve got a short memory and bounce back from it.”
The 16-7-2 Bruins take on the 13-12-0 New York Rangers at 1:00PM at the TD Garden.