Let me start off by saying that I was at the game. (I was also in Jersey last week).
I watch them plenty on TV but watching them live against a team like Boston was defiantly eye opening.
The only players to consistently stand out in a positive way yesterday were Kovalchuk, Suzuki, Gallagher and Evans.
The more the game wore on, the more it became apparent that the majority of our players don't garner on ice respect. And by respect I mean putting the opposing team in prevent mode. It was blatantly obvious that the Bruins were capable of controlling the tempo at will.
Kovalchuk is the type of player this team has desperately lacked for a while. Strong on the puck, great vision and the ability to shift from a North-South style to East-West at will.
Suzuki is going to be special. Tremendous maturity in his game. Great hands as well.
Evans was just where he needed to be. Quick with his feet, good positioning and very composed.
I was hoping/expecting Domi to be more involved. Looked extremely passive throughout the game. If a player who thrives in rivalry games can't elevate his level of gumpf against the Bruins in Boston with the season teetering then we might have a problem.
Was the officiating suspect. Definitely. The roughing penalty on Armia especially since he basically shoved him after he was mauled in front of Rask's net but we didn't deserve to win. At no point throughout the game did you sense the ice was tilting in our favor.
I'm not a Bergevin hater (or apologist for that matter) but unless we win out this weekend I think yesterday's performance solidifies the fact that we should be selling.
And Domi should not be off the table.