Well that was disappointing.  The Bruins did not play terrible Thursday night but there was not a lot of emotion in this one.  The Bruins were chasing the game 3:27 in and never gained a lead even though they had extended periods of time in the Canucks zone.  Boston got goals from Jimmy Hayes and Brad Marchand.  If I missed anything really important it’s because I dozed off during this snoozer of a contest. 

Here are BostonPucks.com’s 3 thoughts on the game:

1) Claude Changes His Lines More Than He Changes His Underwear

Half way through the second period and Claude already switched Pastrnak and Beleskey.  I realize it lead to a goal, but in general I do not get his constant shuffling.  I would like to see him stick with some line combinations for a couple of games to see if guys can get some chemistry together.  The lines that started the game makes the most sense, and if he’s just doing it to try to get a spark it wasn’t working.  

At the start every winger is on their forehand/strong side of the ice.  Then he changes this lines half way through the game and now Pastrnak is on his off wing, turning the puck over a lot, and Eriksson is on this off wing.  Then half way through the third period you had Landon Ferraro on a line with Spooner and Hayes.  I can only imagine it is frustrating for the players, mainly Pastrnak, to be on a different line every period.  Having David Pastrnak consistently on a line with Max Talbot and Zac Rinaldo is like having million dollar home in the trailer park.

2) The Bruins Are A Better Team Than The Canucks

I know the better team does not always win in hockey, it’s just how this sport is.  But the Bruins are a better team on paper and on the ice than the Vancouver Canucks.  The Canucks were playing tonight without one of their best players in Henrik Sedin and still scored 3 goals (plus an empty netter).  This is not how I thought this game would be especially since the Bruins won big in Vancouver earlier in the year and were coming off a near perfect game in Montreal.  There was very little effort tonight, very little testing of Markstrom in net, and a lot of lazy turnovers.  This game and the next (Columbus) should be 4 points, but maybe the Bruins overlooked this Canucks team?  Just a big disappointment tonight.

3) The Denna Laing Pregame Ceremony Was Fantastic

I’ve got to admit it got really dusty in my living room tonight during the pregame ceremony for Denna Laing.  As we all know Denna suffered a spinal cord injury playing for the Boston Pride of the NWHL at the Winter Classic on New Year’s Eve.  Since then countless donations and an outpouring of love has been shown to the Laing family throughout her fight.  Laing’s sisters came on to the ice and did the ceremonial puck drop and there was a great video montage of Denna’s career that really started the water works.  Just a really touching and nice tribute by the Boston Bruins organization to a wonderful person.  We certainly hope all the best in Denna’s recovery. 

****Extras****

  • Even Tuukka Rask seemed to be fighting the puck a bit tonight.  He only faced 26 shots, and by no means was the reason the Bruins lost, but he just looked to be a little flat with .885 save percentage to show for it.
  • If you were wondering where Frank Vatrano was he was assigned to the Providence Bruins as a result of David Krejci’s return from injury.  Vatrano has hit a bit of a rookie wall and it’s probably a good idea to keep him playing in games in the AHL to build the confidence back up before he suits up for the big club soon again.
  • Brad Marchand remains hot, scoring his third goal (and fourth point) in 4 games.
  • Daniel Sedin became the Canucks all-time leading goal scorer tonight with his 347th goal.  

Next up; the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday at the TD Garden.  It’d be nice to see the Bruins ready to go for that one.  Puck drops at 7pm.