I thought the Bruins played a good game overall on Thursday night. They were badly out-shot in the first period, where their defensive breakout was fairly good, but they couldn't generate any sustained offensive pressure. As the game went on, they got better. I look at the game as a "first day on the job" type deal where players know what's expected, but mistakes are still prone to happen.
The Bruins won, which is what matters at the end of 60 minutes, and if the win is ugly or great, that doesn't matter after the fact. The Bruins do have some areas to improve on, and they will. It was only game one of an 82 game season.
Tim Thomas had a good game as well. Although he flopped more than he butterflied, I think that was due the defense collapsing around him more times than not. The important thing is Thomas made some great saves (on Sakic in the first), and he made the game-breaking saves when the team needed him to. As the Versus analysts said after the game, the Avalanche scored enough goals to win, but Peter Budaj allowed more than Thomas.
I have faith the Bruins will get stronger through this road trip, and even better before their home opener on the 20th.
Forward Chuck Kobasew was hit by a shot during the game, and was in a walking cast yesterday. The Bruins were waiting for results of an X-ray to determine if it was fractured. If Kobasew misses time, the Bruins could get Petteri Nokelainen down from the press box and into the line-up. Another option GM Peter Chiarelli mentioned was Andrew Alberts subbing in for wing, something that hasn't been down since the Mike Sullivan days. If the team is that desperate to get Alberts in the line-up, I would home he would remain on the blueline.
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