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 Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) works to get a shot off in front of Boston Bruins goalie Anton Khudobin (35)  in the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Puckmania Weekly Blog
By Wild on Sports NHL Analyst Josh Tarr
March 14, 2013

20 Minutes Won’t Win You Any Hockey Games

Game of the Week: 
Tuesday, March 12th Bruins (2) @ Penguins (3)

It’s hard to believe that a team posting a 17-4-3 record would have much to worry about coming down the stretch of a 48 game season, but that’s exactly the case of Boston Bruins. Following an embarrassing 3-2 loss in Pittsburgh after leading 2-0 with 7:18 remaining in the 3rd period, the Bruins defensive problems we’re made crystal clear. Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference and Johnny Boychuk have all played far below their expectations. The first offensive line including Milan Lucic, David Krecji and Nathan Horton missed plenty of shots and combined for a plus/minus of -6. Likewise, the third offensive line continues to struggle to find the back of the net. Time is running out quickly for these struggling B’s as the trade deadline is looming and they are clearly buyers this year. It would not surprise me to see GM Peter Chiarelli make a move to acquire a top 4 defensive defenseman or a veteran 2nd or 3rd line winger. The Bruins have played up to Stanley Cup form all season long, but the Penguins showed the world last night that there is still work to be done for this Boston squad.

News Around the League:

*The Blackhawks have FINALLY lost a 60 minute hockey game. Make that two 60 minute hockey games. The first of which came last Friday in Colorado, where the Avalanche won 6-2 and put five of those goals past Corey Crawford in the first two periods. Emery got the starting job on Sunday against the Oilers but was pulled less than half way into the first after allowing three goals on nine shots. The Hawks ultimately lost this game 6-5.

*Evgeni Malkin is back on the IR once again with an undisclosed upper body injury. He sustained the injury in a game Saturday against Toronto.

*Sergei Bobrovsky has been red hot in net for the Columbus Blue Jackets posting a 5-0-1 record in his last six starts. Allowing only five goals in that span. Legitimate enough for me to pick him up on my fantasy team.

*In sad news, the first Tennessean born NHL player and Montreal Canadiens forward Blake Geoffrion announced on Wednesday that he plans to retire from Hockey after suffering a skull fracture in November in AHL Hamilton.

3 Stars of the Week:

3: Sergei Bobrovsky (G CBJ):
Bobrovsky is currently riding a six game point streak, sporting a 3-0-1 record this week, including a shutout and only allowing four goals.

2: Chris Kunitz (LW PIT):
Kunitz has an eye-popping six goals and three assists in his last four games and is a +5 in that span. He netted a hat trick and two assists in a 6-1 win on Sunday against the Islanders.

1: Sidney Crosby(C PIT):
The face of the league is in the midst of what could be the best run in his career. The fact that in his last four games and that he has one goal, eight assists and is a +7, had five assists on Sunday against the Islanders, further proves that he is the best Hockey player in the world. In 27 games, he has 18 goals, 19 assists with a plus/minus rating of +22. To think this kid has another 15+ years left in his career is mind-boggling.


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