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Likes & Dislikes

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  December 22, 2008 04:26 PM

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NEWARK, N.J. -- Good to be back in the relatively balmy Northeast after two nights in bone-chilling St. Louis. The Bruins enjoyed an off day today, and will get back to work tomorrow morning at the Prudential Center.

So here's the latest installment of Likes & Dislikes:


1. The lights-out quality of Boston's goaltending. There isn't a better duo in the league right now than Manny Fernandez and Tim Thomas. Given the length of the season and the quickness with which goalies can get torched in today's game, this observer's belief is that a rotation is more dependable than the traditional No. 1 and backup system.

2. Depth, depth everywhere. Support at every position leaves little for other teams to exploit. Heck, even Blake Wheeler can't get on the power play.

3. Confidence. Instead of dumping in a puck while killing a penalty, Blake Wheeler attacks with the puck and dances around everybody. Rather than letting his game go south after two bad giveaways, Dennis Wideman has the poise to sweep a puck off the goal line, a play that leads directly to a Marc Savard goal.


1. Patrice Bergeron's bad luck. Unfortunate. That's all you can say.

2. Hmmmm....

3. Ummmm... well, nothing else the Bruins can complain about given how the last two months have played out.

Off to the city for some chow. Any last-minute recs?

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