Monday, February 1, 2010

It Only Gets Harder

In this space with 12 games before the olympic break I said the Bruins needed to manage 12 points to survive. Then with 9 games to go I revised that to 10 after they got 0 in the 3 games between.

As it stands today, the Bruins have collected 1 of those 12 pre-olympic points I wanted 5 games ago. And now WAS and VAN are coming to town with the struggling Canadiens in between who will likely be without Cammalerri. Washington and Vancouver could not be hotter right now and it's almost unfair to the Bruins who appear ready to break out of the doldrums they are in.

To make things worse, Mark Stuart has a broken finger and will be out until after the break. He has been out there trying to do what he did to Anze Kopitar for a few games now - trying to wake this team up and I think he did on Saturday, but the Bruins were playing a very good team that is playing very good hockey right now (and they only lost in the skills competition). Ask the Devils, they held a 2-1 third period lead themselves yesterday and blew it in REGULATION to lose 3-2 to the up and coming Kings.

Mark Stuart is a caveman and a pit bull and if Chiarelli doesn't lock him up I will lose faith in this management team.  The Bruins cannot be trotting McQuaid out there with their playoff lives on the line.  Look for Chiarelli to make a move for a blueliner pre-break.

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