A 2-1-0 record for the opening of February is a nice way begin any new month.
Now 30-16-7 (67 points) the Boston Bruins remain in third place in the East and first in the Northeast Division. But right on their tails is the rivaled Montreal Canadiens (65 points) who are winners of three-straight.
There are certainly many players to be named as potential stars of the week, so let’s get to it:
Patrice Bergeron: 3-1-4, plus-1, 31-of-61 (50.8%), 10 shots on goal
The NHL’s First Star of last week, Bergeron continues to play at the top of his game. No. 37 slapped home the game-winner in Carolina on Tuesday night, and his three-point effort against Dallas on Thursday evening earned him First Star of the Game.
Shawn Thornton: 1-1-2, plus-2, 9 hits
Netted the game-winner against Dallas on Thursday night. He also shifted the momentum of that Stars game — albeit at the 0:02 mark of the first period — by taking on, and taking out, Krystofer Barch just one second after Gregory Campbell was bloodied-up by Steve Ott.
Zdeno Chara: 0-3-3, plus-1, 15 shots on goal
Although having a rough outing yesterday afternoon against the Sharks, Chara registered two assists in the B’s 3-2 victory over the ‘Canes on Tuesday night, along with eight shots on goal.
Mark Recchi: 0-4-4, plus-1
If Recchi had finished on that 2-on-1 shorthanded break — with Bergeron — against San Jose yesterday, the game surely would have had a different outcome. Despite putting just one shot on goal in three game this past week, the 42-year-old had three huge assists against Dallas, and the primary assist on Bergeron’s game-winner in Carolina.
Tim Thomas: 1-1-0, 1.51 GAA, .930 SV%, 40 saves on 43 shots
One shot from San Jose’s Logan Couture was all it took for the soon-to-be two-time Vezina Trophy winner to dropped his first game in nearly two weeks. Thomas is just one win shy of the league leader, Carey Price (26), but tops the NHL’s charts with a 1.80 goals-against average (with 0.24 separating himself from second-place), .945 save-percentage (.014 ahead of second-place), and tied with seven shutouts (with Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist).
Adam McQuaid: Although not registering a point — his first goal of the season was waived off on Thursday night — McQuaid’s physical and responsible play deserves to be mentioned. The tough-as-nails 24-year-old dropped Dallas’ Brian Sutherby like a sack of potatoes for the game’s third fight in just four seconds into the opening face-off, and squared-off against Sharks’ Ben Eager yesterday despite logging a long, tiring shift.The solid stay-at-home defenseman has taken great advantage of Mark Stuart’s injury earlier this season, and has solidified himself on the B’s blueline, full-time. His plus-3 rating for the we was tied with Brad Marchand for the team-high.
So, cast your vote…and of course, comments are encouraged.