Well it is more of the same for the Bruins on home ice. They got a lead and then blew it. The Bruins lost to the Flyers 5-4 in overtime. They came out in the third period up by two goals and slept through most of the period, which allowed the Flyers back into the game. The Bruins got goals from Brett Connolly, Patrice Bergeron, Chris Kelly and Jimmy Hayes. David Krejci had 2 assist and now has 11 points in 6 games. Again mistakes with the puck resulted in a few goals, which caused them from missing out on 2 points. Ryan Spooner got called for hooking in overtime when it was clear in the replay the Michael Del Zotto chicken winged Spooners stick drawing the hooking call. Claude Giroux scored on the ensuing power play in overtime to send the Bruins home with another blown opportunity for a win.
1) If It’s “Tuukka Time” My Watch Must Be Broken
I don’t even know what to say. 5 goals allowed (again) by Tuukka Rask on 32 shots. For those of you who aren’t math majors that’s a 0.864 save %. Unacceptable. $7 million per year for a former Vezina Trophy winner and he’s just not cutting it. Yes, they have young defenseman. Yes, new players are learning to work in a new system. But when you’re up 4-2 almost halfway through a somewhat sleepy 3rd period your star goalie needs to give you a save. He doesn’t need to be out of this world, he just have to give you what he’s paid for. And Tuukka didn’t tonight, once again. You could even argue despite all of Boston’s growing pains they could be 4-2 on the season right now if he just stops what he can, and should, stop. He just doesn’t look confident going post-to-post. He just looks small, leaving the far side wide open, and seems to be praying the puck hits him. It’s ironic that he was one of the few non question marks going into the season. Tuukka’s got to figure it out before more solid 4 goal performances by his offense are wasted.
On the Gagner goal and the Giroux overtime goal Tuukka was back deep in the net instead of being on top of the crease challenging the shooter. Getting scored on short side like that is tough to take.
2) One Miller Up One Miller Down
Kevan Miller had a rough game tonight. On the Flyer’s second goal he was not able to close the gap between him and Sam Gagner and Gagner put a shot short side high. Granted it was a bad line change for the Bruins and Tuukka should make that save. Then on the Flyer’s third goal he miss played the puck behind the net and the puck eventually found Claude Giroux. Kevan Miller has been one of the Bruins better defenseman this season, but tonight was not good for him.
Colin Miller on the other hand seems to be getting more comfortable and it seems like he is getting better every game. watching him break the puck out of the Bruins end is a breath of fresh air. I have seen it a few times this year where he goes to retrieve the puck and then uses the net to protect the puck and then just uses his speed to skate the puck out of the zone himself. The pass the made to Pastrnak in the third period was a beauty. I am not sure how Pastrnak does not pump that in. It could have been the back breaking goal the Bruins needed to put Philadelphia away.
3) Brett Connolly Scores his first goal
It was not all bad news for the Bruins. Brett Connolly scored his first goal of the season. I have been saying for a while that I have liked the way he has been playing he just needs to put himself in positions to score and he did tonight. Hopefully this will get him going and the goals will start coming in bunches. Maybe the healthy scratch for the Coyotes game is the wake up call he needed.