It was a weird week for the Bruins.
They obviously weren’t satisfied with getting just two out of a possible six points. At least one of their two losses seemed like a game they could’ve won, while their win felt almost like a loss because of their awful third-period performance.
There were some solid individual performances throughout the three games.
Blake Wheeler was almost non-existent in the loss at Buffalo, but made up for it over the next two games. He scored a goal to help Boston get back into its game in Montreal and then registered two points (one goal) in the Washington win. Wheeler was also a key cog in keeping Alexander Ovechkin under wraps, for two periods at least.
Another key part of keeping Ovechkin from running wild was the play of center Patrice Bergeron, who also enjoyed a one-goal, one-assist game vs. the Capitals. Bergeron also recorded two assists in Montreal. And despite an off night in faceoff efficiency against the Caps, Bergeron finished the week 30-for-57 (52.6 percent).
It’s a weekly occurrence, of course, seeing goaltender Tim Thomas in this space. But the potential Vezina Trophy winner was fantastic again with 78 saves on 82 shots over two games — one win and one loss. One of the goals allowed in Montreal came on Mike Cammalleri’s penalty shot. Twenty-five of Thomas’ saves against the Caps came in the third period.
Quietly, Adam McQuaid has made his presence felt as a reliable third-pair defenseman ever since he got in the lineup for an injured Johnny Boychuk earlier this season. This week was maybe his best. He was plus-2 combined in the losses at Buffalo and Montreal, and then he really starred (earning the Third Star) against the Caps. McQuaid recorded an assist on the game’s first goal and finished plus-2 with five blocked shots. But his best contribution might’ve been his fight victory over Matt Bradley, who was trying to turn the momentum Washington’s way down 2-0.
So now I ask you:
Who should be the Bruin of the Week?
- Tim Thomas (31%, 23 Votes)
- Patrice Bergeron (26%, 19 Votes)
- Adam McQuaid (24%, 18 Votes)
- Blake Wheeler (19%, 14 Votes)
Total Voters: 74