Saturday, February 13, 2010

B's reach Olympic break on high note

The Bruins are winners of four consecutive road games tonight after old man Mark Recchi closed out the Florida Panthers in a 3-2 shootout win, his 1550th career NHL game, moving him past Detroit Red Wings great Alex Delvecchio for ninth on the all-time games played list.

Recchi, who deflected a Dennis Wideman shot/pass into the net late in the third period to tie the score at two goals apiece, said after the game that his shootout move was something he worked on with B's assistant coach Geoff Ward, who suggested he take a page from former Atlanta/Calgary Flames 1980's scoring star Kent Nilsson (he also played for Minnesota and Edmonton). It worked with Recchi getting only his second shootout goal in 14 career attempts.

Also key to this win was the play in net of Tuukka Rask, who continues to win the love and admiration of Bruins fans for his cool, effective performances in six straight starts. I said that Claude Julien shouldn't throw him to the wolves with the way the B's were playing in their 10-game losing streak, but it's a good thing CJ doesn't read this blog. Rask has been outstanding.

So, here we are: the 2010 Winter Olympic Games are upon us, and for NHL hockey fans, that means a two-week hiatus from league play while the circuit's best go head-to-head in a quest for gold.

The important thing is that the Bruins played themselves up five spots from 12th place in the conference a week ago, to seventh, and for two weeks at least, they're in the postseason.

As an added bonus, the point Florida got puts them nine points ahead of idle Toronto.

With the Bruins off, this blog's focus will shift to covering many of the names of players available in the June draft.

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