Goucher On Toucher & Rich: Are There Concerns With This Bruins Team?
The Bruins scored three goals in the third period on Tuesday night against the Rangers to force overtime. Unfortunately the B’s fell in a shootout for the second time this season. Boston is sitting at 8-1-2 with 18 points just behind the first place New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference.
98.5 The Sports Hub’s Bruins play-by-play announcer Dave Goucher joined Toucher & Rich to discuss how this team has performed, the continuing struggles on the power play and possibility of adding players before the trade deadline.
The Bruins are enjoying one of the best starts to a season the club has ever had, but as well as they’ve been playing there are still concerns with this team.
“You’d like to see them maybe come out at times with better starts. They been able to pull a lot of these points out though because they’ve been so good in the third period.”
Of course the power play has been an issue that has lingered for a few seasons. After 11 games the Bruins rank last in the league with a 4-43 record with the man advantage. Brad Marchand has seven goals on the season, making him the team leader. Should Marchand be out there with the number one power play unit and kept on the ice longer on average to help scoring?
“I think for their power play I would get him out there.”
They moved on to discuss the trade deadline in April and whether the Bruins might make a move. Calgary would probably move Jarome Iginla as the 35-year-old is obviously approaching the end of his career, and he’s also in the final year of his contract.
“Is he a guy that might be rejuvenated maybe with a change of scenery, he’s spent his whole career out in Calgary? Maybe.”
They also discussed rookie Dougie Hamilton falling off the map a bit as far as the score sheet is concerned, but is playing a solid game defensively. Will thing continue to get better for the young defenseman?