Big Bad Bruins: Grading Boston on Win Over Ottawa

Ariana Stover@arianastoverCorrespondent IJanuary 13, 2011

Big Bad Bruins: Grading Boston on Win Over Ottawa

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    Coming off a comeback win over the Penguins, the Boston Bruins faced the Ottawa Senators last night at home.

    They managed to put six goals up on the board and shutout the Sens completely.

    It's time to break down and grade how each aspect of the team performed during the game and how the team played as a whole.

Forwards: A+

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    Boston scored six goals against Ottawa; three of them were at the hands of Patrice Bergeron.

    Bergeron never disappoints, and this was his first career hat trick.

    Blake Wheeler scored the second goal during the first period, rookie Tyler Seguin also scored the seventh goal of his career, and Brad Marchand scored his eighth goal of the season.

    They put constant pressure on the Senators and didn't allow the Ottawa offense to find their rhythm.

Defensemen: A-

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    The Boston defense provided a lot of help when it came to keeping the puck out of their zone.

    Overall, they kept control of the game and got the job done.

    Plain and simple.

Goaltender: A

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    Vezina front-runner Tim Thomas performed as usual, making 31 saves in the game against Ottawa.

    Last night, there wasn't a whole lot of pressure put on Thomas because of how well their defense was playing.

    They kept the puck out of their zone, and the pressure on the Senators was high from start to finish. Thomas now has six shutouts, which puts him at number one in the league.

Team: A+

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    As a whole, the Bruins put on one of their better performances of the season.

    Everyone on the team did what they were supposed to and had full control of the game.

    From beginning to end, there was intensity in the air.

    The frustration of the Senators led to several brawls, one of which Shawn Thornton was involved in. Boston's record is 7-2-1 when Thornton drops the gloves, so you should expect a good game.

    The Bruins are set to face the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. Hopefully playing on home ice will be an advantage for the B's once again.