Well that was a bummer. The Edmonton Oilers made the most of a snoozer tonight by beating the Bruins 3-2 via the shootout. It’s hard to believe we used to find the shootout so exciting, but it was a fitting end to tonight game. Some solid back and forth action existed in short spurts but it was an otherwise sloppy and uninspired night for the Boston Bruins. They even managed to give up their first shorthanded goal of the season as well. Torey Krug and Zdeno Chara both scored for the black n’ gold and Tuukka Rask was very sharp in net despite the loss. Here are BostonPucks.com 3 Thoughts from the game:
1) Not Sure Where The Effort Was Tonight
There wasn’t much fight in the Bruins tonight. Coming into the contest riding a 5-game win streak, after a few days off, and playing a weak injury riddled team, I expected to see them with a lot more jump in their step. It was the opposite. Not until the late burst in the final 5 minutes when Boston needed a goal to tie it did we see them really attack. Other than that it was perimeter stuff with not a lot of traffic in front of the Edmonton net. At least Edmonton earning the 2 points means Boston did their part in the quest to help keep that miserable franchise from getting yet another 1st overall pick in the 2016 draft.
2) Matt Beleskey Continues To Work His Ass Off Regardless of Stats
7 shots on net tonight; 3 more attempted, one off the post, and a +1 rating in 19:00 minutes of ice time. Matt Beleskey was one of the few Bruins players really running hot tonight. He’s just flat out snake bitten. The guy is doing everything possible out there to help the team but get a bounce and put one in. But you really can’t complain about his lack of production so far because he’s been such a battler every shift. Tonight looked the like the night for him but it just didn’t go his way. If he plays like that again this weekend this short road trip will be where that next goal happens for him.
3) Oh weird, Tuukka Rask Was Spectacular Again Tonight
Rask takes a lot of crap from a lot of fans but he continued his great play tonight. He had a lethargic team in front of him and he really made them look better than it was. 34 saves for the guy tonight, coupled with a .944 save percentage will do it most of the time. He just didn’t have the support tonight to seal the deal. It never should have came down to a late game push. The highlight of Rask’s night was his poke check on a Taylor Hall breakaway, then immediately followed it up by getting a piece of Jordan Eberle’s rebound chance to deflect it wide. More of the same lately for Mr. Rask. Don’t be surprised to see Jonas Gustavsson likely get one of the starts coming up Friday or Saturday to help Rask get a little extra rest.
- The refs were brutal tonight. And that goes for call on both sides. There was Eriksson’s garbage trip call, Gryba’s garbage interference call, and Beleskey’s overtime interference call. Tonight’s officials had to have either been drinking prior to the game, or still hungover from last night. It’s the only logical reason for their performance.
- Bad turnovers tonight from Zach Trotman and Colin Miller. Just not their sharpest stuff. Trotman nearly gave Edmonton a gift wrapped goal when he coughed the puck up right out in front of Tuukka Rask on a lazy breakout attempt. Those two just have to hit the reset button and move on from that showing. They aren’t only the ones.