The Boston Bruins have won five straight.
The headlines, however, might focus more on a beautiful goal the result of a determined effort from Bruins’ forward Seth Griffith in the second period of Monday’s game against the New Jersey Devils. It counted as the winner, as Boston took the game over late in the middle frame and held on for a 4-2 victory, with Devils’ goalie Cory Schneider taking responsibility.
And that brilliant individual effort all started from a Griffith shot block in the defensive end.
“I was obviously happy with the blocked shot. It just goes to show, you do stuff like that and it pays off,” said Griffith, as per Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com.
“To score a highlight goal like that, it originates with a simple, honest, hard-working play,” added Bruins’ center Gregory Campbell, as per Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston.
Meanwhile, this little streak the Bruins are on has put them three points back of the Tampa Bay Lightning for top spot in the Atlantic Division.
We already have one candidate for possible goal of the year, courtesy of St. Louis Blues sensation Vladimir Tarasenko. Did we witness another on Monday, courtesy of Boston Bruins forward Seth Griffith.
Late in the second period, Griffith blocked a shot in his defensive end, took off back the other way, managed to fend off two New Jersey Devils defensemen and, as if that wasn’t enough, finally beat goalie Cory Schneider with a no-look, through-the-legs backhander.
For Griffith, that’s his fourth goal of the year. It also gave the Bruins a 3-2 lead. They added another to that total before the end of the second period.
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Schneider to start 15th straight
The New Jersey Devils will play their 15th game of the season tonight and, like the previous 14 outings, Cory Schneider will get the start in goal.
Schneider, a Massachusetts native playing in Boston this evening, has carried a remarkable workload this season and sits second among all NHL netminders in shots faced and time on ice. While impressive, the big minutes may be affecting Schneider in a negative way — he’s struggled recently, getting pulled in each of his last two contests, and has just a .906 save percentage and 2.91 GAA on the year.
For the Bruins, Tuukka Rask is likely to get the start.
Flames at ‘Canes: Jonas Hiller vs. Cam Ward.
Former Lightning head coach Guy Boucher has been named bench boss for Canada’s national team at the upcoming Spengler Cup, to be held Dec. 26-31 in Davos, Switzerland.
Boucher is currently the head coach of Swiss team SC Bern, a job he took in January after being fired by the Lightning in March of 2013.
Canada last won the Spengler Cup in 2012, when the team was coached by Doug Shedden and loaded with locked-out NHL stars like John Tavares, Jason Spezza, Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron, and Matt Duchene.
Last year’s tournament was won by Swiss club Genève-Servette.
Going into the 2014-15 campaign, the Boston Bruins were in a tough cap position and trading a defenseman seemed like the best way to address it given their deep blueline. Their circumstances have changed though and now the Bruins have expressed an interest in acquiring a defenseman, according to the Providence Journal’s Mark Divver.
The Bruins have been hit hard by injuries lately and are consequently missing defensemen David Warsofsky, Kevan Miller, Torey Krug, and Zdeno Chara. The only silver lining is that Krug might be able to return on Monday.
This would naturally be less of an issue if the Bruins had found a way to stay under the ceiling without trading Johnny Boychuk to the New York Islanders on Oct. 4, but that’s being said with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight.
Significant trades at this stage of the season are not unheard of, but they are rare. That being said, it’s not clear what the Bruins are looking for and they might be more interested in a stopgap measure that can help ease the team through this period until some of their regulars are healthy enough to play.