Hits & Misses: First for Florek

Hits & Misses: First for Florek
January 10, 2014, 2:15 am
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Matt Fraser (25) is congratulated by Ryan Spooner after Fraser got the B's on the board.

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 Here are the hits and misses from a Bruins 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on Thursday night.

HITS
*Justin Florek scored his first career NHL goal on a nice tip of a Johnny Boychuk shot while camped in front of the net, logged some penalty-kill time in a show of confidence from the B’s coaching staff and showed plenty of fighting spirit. I loved the punch to the chops of Jarret Stoll after the Kings center beat him in the face-off circle in the third period after Stoll dominated the B’s centers throughout the game. He’s been an impact played just three games into his Bruins career.

*Matt Fraser finally showed off the howitzer one-timer shot with his second career goal as a member of the Bruins, and really stepped into a Carl Soderberg cross-ice dish to finally get the B’s on the board. It was Fraser’s only shot of the game, but he really made it count.

*Matt Bartkowski had a solid game: 20:21 of ice time, four hits including a big smack on Justin Williams and a plus-1 rating at a time when the Bruins are looking for quality minutes out of their young defenseman.

MISSES
*Tuukka Rask was pulled for the third time in the past 10 games, and has given up 19 goals in the last six games with Dennis Seidenberg out of the lineup. The defense is struggling in front of him, but Rask is clearly hitting a rough patch as he approaches his career high (39) for starts in an NHL season.

*Dougie Hamilton touched the puck with his skates still in the penalty box as his two-minute penalty expired, and was whistled correctly for an interference call. That led directly to a Williams power-play goal that opened the floodgates for the Kings. It was a mental error for Hamilton, and a play you don’t see very often in an NHL game.

*Milan Lucic might have still been battling whatever bug caused him to miss the Anaheim game: one shot on net, zero hits and zero blocked shots to go along with a minus-2 rating. He was a complete non-factor.