The Bruins answered the bell Thursday night by rebounding from their lifeless Monday loss to Anaheim and beating Atlanta in a game highlighted by an old-fashioned line brawl.
With their win over the Thrashers, the Bruins made sure they sent their fan base home happy for the Christmas weekend.
So it was an abbreviated week, with only one game worth focusing on in terms of Bruins performances, but we still have to pick a Bruin of the Week.
Although he has been much-criticized the last couple seasons, winger Michael Ryder has enjoyed a solid season thus far in 2010-11. He rifled home a power-play goal on one of his three shots on net against Atlanta. He also led Boston with seven shots on net in the loss to the Ducks.
You couldn’t have asked more from Patrice Bergeron against the Thrashers, as the veteran center tallied a goal and an assist and won 12 of 17 faceoffs. Skating with Mark Recchi and new line addition Tyler Seguin didn’t stop Bergeron from also being a defensive dervish against Atlanta. One of the few highlights of the Ducks game was Bergeron winning nine of 12 faceoffs.
If Shawn Thornton were headed toward free agency next summer, he’d be in for a big raise. But the winger signed a two-year extension last summer, so the Bruins have him locked up. Against Atlanta he set the tone by fighting Eric Boulton just two seconds into the game. Then after he got out of the box, he made the most of his ice time with two goals. He finished the night plus-2.
So I ask you:
Who should be the Bruin of the Week?
- Shawn Thornton (93%, 63 Votes)
- Patrice Bergeron (7%, 5 Votes)
- Michael Ryder (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 68