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02-18-2013, 10:53 AM
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Over the volcano
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Originally Posted by Bill Ladd View Post
I think Bourque played his best game of the season against the Jets. In fact, I think he looked darn good. Not just for him, but for anyone.

I've been hard on Petey and Co for the Bourque move but that's because I don't see him as the right fit for that 3rd line. I think they need a power element on that line and Bourque doesn't bring that.

That said, Bourque does have skill and drive and (IMO) has been improving steadily since the healthy scratch (6 games ago). He was all over the puck last night. He forced turnovers, got to loose pucks and created chances for his linemates. He reminded me a little of first-year-Marchand: Just flying around the ice, beating everyone to pucks.

I still don't think he's the right fit for the Peverley line, and the production still isn't there, but if he keeps playing like he did last night, then he deserves to be in the NHL- even though I don't know where to play him.
Totally agree, thought he looked well against Buffalo too. Seems like there is a jump in his step that is absent from much of the roster. Maybe he's past the nerves he had early in the year and he's not questioning every move. Maybe he's not pressing himself too much to score. Maybe it's just a hot streak. Whatever it is it's good to see the game he had in Providence show up in Boston.

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