Bartkowski was atrocious tonight and almost cost them the game with terrible play in his own zone. Yet, Hamilton was calm, cool and looked good. I really feel the B's after Chara, Boychuk, McQuaid, Hamilton, Krug (questionable in his own right on D), are badly in need of a veteran 6th dman to replace the loss of Seidenberg. Miller, Bartkowski and with the youth of Hamilton, Krug as far as from the defensive end, just puts more need on a defensive d-man. It has to be Chiarelli's No. 1 priority this point going. I disagree with some of the game thread analysis on Svedberg, who I felt kept the B's from losing with many great stops. For a goalie playing his first NHL game, he played great, and much better than what I've seen from Chad Johnson. The B's forwards, including Spooner, showed those spots of just not playing hockey tonight, letting the other team take control. But that's normal at this point of the year to see ups and downs from the forwards, who clearly played great over the last 15 minutes and OT. In the B's zone in particular, you can see the younger d-men not being able to push players from the net or get beat constantly on moves right around them. Too many young, small guys forcing Boychuk, Chara and McQuaid to play the bulk of the game as the ones to rely on checking, clearing out. Too much pressure on 3 guys. Have to get a d-man.
PS--When Marchand got drilled by Weber and he responded without stupidity, then makes a nifty play around Fisher to score the OT goal, that's maturity, and I was thinking how fitting he got the game-winner after getting destroyed on that board check.