SUNRISE, Fla. – The Bruins have been given today off. They will hit the ice tomorrow at the BankAtlantic Center for the morning skate prior to their game against the Panthers.
Here’s the latest version of Plus/Minus:
+ David Krejci finding his rhythm. There’s no secret why Krejci is riding an 11-game scoring streak. Krejci is back to doing everything that makes him a handful – skating and shooting as well as passing. Krejci nearly had a goal last night when he one-timed a shot off the left post. Krejci has regained his title as the team’s No. 1 offensive-minded center.
+ Tim Thomas’s sharpness. No blaming Thomas on any of the goals last night. The first goal hit two bodies. Thomas was screened on the second and third goals. Thomas remains on top of his game.
+ Shutdown style of Zdeno Chara. Eric Staal scored an empty-netter last night, but was otherwise very quiet. That’s because Chara was matched against Staal for most of the night. Chara elevates his game against the best opponents.
– Light sticks. Unusual to see heavy players like Gregory Campbell and Dennis Seidenberg lose puck battles. Might have something to do with fatigue. But the Bruins better get used to it. After the All-Star break, their schedule will be a grind for the rest of the season.
– Not enough dirty work in front of Thomas. The Bruins have to be better at moving bodies and winning pucks in the net-front area. Thomas can’t stop what he can’t see.
– The sobbing for Patrice Bergeron not making the All-Star Game. Bergeron is the team’s best forward and third-most important player behind Thomas and Chara. Bergeron is a significant reason why Tyler Seguin is leading the team in scoring. But the All-Star Game is a joke on every level. Far more important for Bergeron to rest for five days instead of participating in a zero-meaning event.