The Bruins offense took a huge hit in their November 16th loss to the Dallas Stars when Patrice Bergeron went down with a rib and sternoclavicular injury. This injury could not have come at a worse time as the Bruins were set to play some conference rivals in the coming weeks.
However, the team grabbed a few key wins against some tough opponents including a 2-1 overtime victory against the Pittsburgh Penguins on the 23rd and a 3-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on the 24th.
Obviously losing Bergeron is a huge concern for B’s fans. He was among the top point getters in the league prior to his injury and centered their top line. Without Bergeron, Marchand and Pastrnak have not been scoring at the rate they were. Marchand hasn’t scored a goal since before the Bergeron injury and Pastrnak was held scoreless for five games until he popped in two goals in a loss to Toronto Monday night. Fortunately, the Bruins’ offense has some depth and veterans like David Backes and David Krejci have stepped up their game. But let’s be honest here. Without Bergeron, this time is lacking some serious offensive firepower. Best case scenario, Bergeron is cleared to play in a couple weeks and the top line gets back to what they’ve been doing all year. Worst case scenario Bergeron stays out of the lineup for most, if not all, of December and the Bruins take a hit in the standings. Of course, I’m no medical professional, so who knows what’s going to happen.
And let’s not forget the trouble the Bruins have on the back end either. Defensive regulars Zdeno Chara, Charlie McAvoy, and Brandon Carlo have been out of the lineup, putting the defensive workload on guys like Torey Krug and Matt Grzelcyk, who’ve both been solid in the wake of these injuries.
But, even with all their health issues, the Bruins still compete night in and night out. Monday’s game in Toronto showed just that. Even though they lost to a very good Maple Leafs team, I thought the Bruins dominated at times. Each line went hard in all three zones and the power play looked phenomenal, even without Bergeron. It’s that type of effort that’s going to get this team some wins without their top players.
The Bruins are back in action at home tomorrow night when they take on a 12-9-2 Islanders team.
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