Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/18/13 at 10:05 AM ET
By Eli Epstein of TiqIQ
In what was most likely the most emotion-filled game of the 2012-2013 campaign, the Boston Bruins dominated the Buffalo Sabres Wednesday night for two periods, but were unable to clinch a victory in the third, squandering a one goal lead and eventually losing in the shootout.
For Boston, the loss was not a reason for dismay. After the tragic Boston Marathon bombings, the city used the game to come together and push the horrors of the blasts out of its mind.
On the ice, the Bruins got star forwards Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand back from concussion woes. As of now, the Bruins are fully healthy for the playoffs, a huge boon when it comes to the postseason.
Despite the team's success, Coach Claude Julien still continues to mix and match the Bruins' line, looking for optimal chemistry down the stretch. Specifically, he's seeking to jumpstart power forward Milan Lucic, who has scored only two goals in his last 27 games. Boosting Lucic's confidence will be one of the Bruins' main objectives heading into the playoffs.
They'll also look to test out the skills of talented Swedish forward Carl Soderberg, who recently signed with the team after his Swedish Elite League contract was annulled. Soderberg, while perceived to be a agile scorer, has never played before in North America.
In the Bruins final four home games, the team will take on the Penguins, Panthers, Lightning and, finally, Senators, in what will be a rescheduled game from Monday.
Presently, according to TiqIQ, the Bruins' average ticket price at the TD Banknorth Garden is $161.82, nearly identical to the average price for Bruins tickets this season. Against the first place Penguins this Friday night, ticket prices will be higher than average, sitting at $251.60, with "get-in" seats available for $127.
On Sunday, when the Panthers visit Boston, the average price for a seat will be down to $184.65, with get-in rates at $115.
Next week against the Lightning, in what was originally supposed to be the last Bruins home games, tickets will be back up to $261.55, according to TiqIQ. Get-in rates will be available for $111.
Ticket data for the Bruins' rescheduled contest against the Senators on April 28 is not available yet.
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