Poll: Boston Bruins player of the week | Dec. 12-18
If it wasn’t for a victory last night, finding a player worthy of “Player of the Week” would have been a tough task, like finding a needle in a haystack.
But fortunately for the Black and Gold, their losing skid ceased at the TD Garden and a select few stood out among the rest.
Patrice Bergeron: 1-3-4 (PPG) plus-2, nine shots on goal, 30 face-off wins. The Alternate Captain now has 1-3-4, plus-2, and six shots on goal in his last two consecutive contests.
Blake Wheeler: 2-1-3, plus-1, eight shots. No. 26 was arguably the best skater for the Bruins last night, showcasing his three-zone capabilities. Lined with Mark Recchi and Bergeron, Wheeler helped shutdown Alex Ovechkin and Washington’s top-line while enjoying a multi-point evening. Wheeler is now riding a two-game point streak (2-1-3).
Tim Thomas: If we’ve said it once we’ve said it, well, 15 times now this season. If it weren’t for Thomas’ sensational play between the pipes in the third frame of last night’s battle with Washington, we could be looking at a four-game losing streak. Instead, the 35-year-old stopped 25-of-26 third period onslaught of shots (39/41 total) — finishing the week with a 1-1-0 record, 3.03 goals-against average, and a .927 save-percentage (76 saves on 81 shots).
Andrew Ference: 1-1-2, plus-1, five shots on net. A little love for a guy who finally found the back of the net after a 99-game drought…and assisting on Marc Savard’s first goal of the season. But Ference has also stepped it up this season; surprising a lot of people. He continues to play in all situations, continues to be a reliable back-end counterpart for any one of his defensive mates.
Adam McQuaid: 0-1-1, team-high plus-4, six hits, team-high seven blocked shots.
In the Bruins only win this week — last night’s 3-2 win over the Caps — No. 54 had one helluva game. He forced a turnover at center ice that set-up the B’s first goal of the game (Bergeron from Wheeler); blocked a huge Matt Bradley shot in the second period; and won a unanimous decision against Bradley in an exciting brawl earlier on in the second.