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Boston Bruins Let Minnesota Run Wild at the Garden

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 06:  Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins stops a shot by Patrick O'Sullivan #19 of the Minnesota Wild on January 6, 2010 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Wild defeated the Bruins 3-1.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Shawn OwensAnalyst IDecember 17, 2016

The Boston Bruins let an opportunity pass them by last night in allowing the Minnesota Wild to have their way and beat the Bruins 3-1 at home.

Tuukka Rask started the game and deserved the win, stopping 31 of 34 shots on net.  The game winning shot came off a terrible misplay by Marc Savard that ended up beating Rask to the blocker side. 

The Bruins looked lifeless in the second and third periods: no energy, getting beat to the puck, and losing the one-on-one battles. It was a complete turnaround from the first period, where they set the tone and won the down-low battles.

The Bruins can't feel bad for themselves. They have two huge games coming up against some of the elite teams in the league, Montreal at home and the Penguins in Pittsburgh. These next two games are must win games for the Bruins as they continue their quest to be considered an elite team in this league.

Writers note: Has anyone taken note of a new player the Bruins have?  He has come into Boston with very little fanfare (because nobody knows him) and has played like one of the top defensemen on the Bruins.  Steve Kampfer is a puck moving, great skating, fast defenseman who likes to skate the puck into the offensive zone to create scoring chances.  As he feels more and more comfortable, we are seeing more of his skills come out.  

Last night, Kampfer raced the puck up ice at least three times, all of which created great scoring chances. He even potted a goal off of a rebound.  What interests me the most is that not only can he beat everyone down ice with the puck, but he gets back to his position on defence just as fast. 

I am sure that gets him the green light in Coach Julien's eyes.  For a young player to have this ability, it makes up for the Bruins lack of puck moving defensemen.  The future is bright for Kampfer, and he is someone to watch in the near future.

 

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