The up-and-down rollercoaster of a week for the Bruins certainly had its fair share if goods and bads.
But by the end of it all, finally, the Bruins finished with a 1-2-0 record and barely cling on to that first spot in the Northeast Division by one point (Montreal with 68 points).
The B’s have a busy week this week ahead of them — home against Toronto on Tuesday, then embark on a six-game road trip: Thursday in New York against the pesky Islanders; Thursday in Ottawa versus the soon-to-be fire sale of the Senators.
But let’s get to it…the best of the best, or, best of the worst of this past week:
Nathan Horton: 1-4-5, plus-2, 1 SOG
Had a five-point game on Wednesday against the Habs with six shots on goal and a plus-5…but then fired just one shot on goal and was a minus-3 in his final two games of the week against Detroit. He had a chance towards the end of the third period — just prior to Bertuzzi’s second goal of the game — to tie it up, but Jimmy Howard stuck out the right pad for one of his 23 saves on the day.
Michael Ryder: 2-2-4, plus-1, 7 SOG
No. 73 popped his first goal(s) since Jan. 17 — 10 games — but has been relatively consistent all season long — especially in comparison to last season. The impending UFA is now on pace for 46 points.
David Krejci: 1-3-4, plus-2, 29-of-42 face-offs won (69%)
Snapped a 20-game goal-less drought with the Bruins’ only goal of the game on Friday night. The surprise stat was his dominance inside the face-off circle.
Milan Lucic: 2-2-2, plus-4, 1 PPG
Just another one of his linemates to have had a monster game against Montreal. Although ‘real-time stats’ are more-or-less garbage, benefit-the-home-team stats, the hulking winger registered just four hits. Lucic took a Niklas Kronwall shot off the right leg/foot this afternoon which stung so much that No. 17 caused a stoppage in play, unable to get to his feet. But the power forward missed zero shifts and finished the game with over 17 minutes of ice time.
Tim Thomas: 1-1-0, .849 SV%, and a GAA well north of 4.40
Perhaps his worst statistical week. Ever. But Thomas got the job done against the brawl-filled match against the Habs on Wednesday night and helped stop the bleeding by stopping 14-of-15 third period shots — coming in relief of Tuukka Rask — on Friday versus the Wings. He stopped 32-of-36 this afternoon in his second loss in his last three starts.