April 24th, 2011 by

Boston Bruins player of the week — April 17–23

(Photo: Steve Babineau) Patrice Bergeron has been the best, most consistent player this series for the B's

Well the Boston Bruins made a triumphant comeback from an 0-2 deficit, winning three in a row this week to take the series up 3-2 back to Montreal for a possible series-clinching Game 6 against the Canadiens on Tuesday evening.

There was more stomach-knotting stress this past week for the Bruins’ faithful than its seen in a very long time. So needless to say the owners of local packies and makers of Mylanta raked in the cash during the nerve-rattling NHL playoff week.

Patrice Bergeron: Arguably the best and most consistent skater donning Black-and-Gold this series, Bergeron has been on a tear, riding a four-game-point streak. This past week, as the B’s rolled out their three consecutive win, No. 37 has compiled 1-4–5 totals with a plus-5 rating. The face-off guru has also won over 60-percent of his draws this past week.

Michael Ryder: From regular season scapegoat to playoff hero, Ryder has reversed the city’s perspective towards him by netting Game 4′s overtime game-winner inside the Bell Centre – heading back to Boston for Game 5 all tied up. Ryder also played goalie for a brief second, robbing Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec with a glove save as the Habs’ forward fired a shot at a yawning net. No. 73 finished the huge week with 2-1–3, plus-1, and six shots on goal.

Nathan Horton: After taking a couple of games to get noticed, Horton notched his first ever playoff goal in Game 3, and the monumental double-overtime winner in last night’s 2-1 win over the Habs. The former Panther finished the week with 2-0–2, plus-1, and nine shots on goal.

Tim Thomas: Let it be well-known that if it were not for the Vezina Trophy finalist, this Bruins team would have been in great danger of being swept this series. Nonetheless, Thomas made a dazzling 112 saves 119 shots against for a .941 save-percentage for the week. Being the backbone of Boston’s perfect week, Thomas allowed just seven goals in well-over 200 minutes of hockey.

So, without further ado, I ask you…

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  1. April 24, 2011
    why hasn’t #17 shown up to play ?? he is skating like he is in cement ! ! he has almost no viable shots on goal – he has coughed up the puck more than a few times to Montreal ! ! he’s not using his 230 lb. to his (and, his team’s) advantage ??Lucic appears to be too content after scoring 30 goals – he has forgotten what made him a good player (being very physical) –
    next, comes Kaberle ! ! what a mistake he was ! !a Bruins defenseman who does not check oncoming forwards ??? big help on the so-called “power play”??? what a waste ! ! !
  2. April 24, 2011
    Lucic played a better game last night. But I agree, he needs to go back to banging. He was a beast in their series two years ago against the Habs. That’s what makes him most valuable. Kaberle, we knew heading into this trade, was a softer-style D. He’s been making some great passes, but it’s hard to fault him if the PP game plans don’t work, aren’t fixed, and if the guys up front can’t finish.

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