While most of the Boston sports world was focused on the Red Sox trying to live another day it appeared as though the Bruins were focused elsewhere as well.
Behind a sloppy, sleepy “effort” the Bruins fell 4-0 to an equally boring Colorado Avalanche. Sven Andrighetto, J.T. Compher, and Nail Yakupov (2) had the Avs goals.
It was an odd game. The B’s weren’t brutal, or ever truly out of it even entering the third period. But while we waited for the spark to ignite, it never did. And even as the B’s out-chanced the Avs by a 2-to-1 margin the execution was never truly crisp, or hard fought.
Essentially the B’s seemed able to get out of first and second gear but they never went full on Fast & Furious. Instead it was more of a content, Dazed and Confused like cruising around, waiting for some one to start the party at the moon tower rather than step up and rally one.
Here are some of my notes from the game:
- The Avalanche started the game with 2 goals on the first 3 shots. 66% efficiency. Those are video game worthy stats.
- The Bruins still have not beat the Avalanche at home since 1998.
- The return of Torey Krug didn’t help the Bruins power play. It was inefficient and ugly today while it still misses its binky in Patrice Bergeron. They are now 1-for-9 on the season.
- Like a Seinfeld re-run this was one of those familiar games we’ve gotten used to seeing over and over the past few years. The rosters change, the Avs often dwell in the standings basement, the Bruins struggle to play well against them no matter what. Passing is just off, decision making is off, hesitation, perimeter shots without traffic, blah, blah, blah. As Vince Neil would say “it’s the same ol’, same ol’ situation”. The B’s better hit the Benedryl hard over the next 48 hours and crush their Avalanche allergy before they face them again Wednesday.
- Sergei Varlamov was great for the Avs today. Granted he faced a lot of simple BB’s darting him in the chest, he was still legit. He stuffed David Pastrnak with a great leg save in tight. And he had key back-to-back stops while his Avs held a 2-0 lead in the second and down a man. Simply put, he was sharp even if a dull B’s team didn’t press him much.
- Tuukka Rask probably would have liked to hit the reset button on this game. The first Avs goal, mildly soft, handcuffed him. And the Nail Yakupov in the coffin came when he chose to chase down a puck he had no chance of getting to, leaving a wide open net for Yakupov to bury. He did have some big, potential game changing stops in the second that kept his B’s in it but it wasn’t enough today. Wash it off and come back at it clean on Wednesday.
- Frank Vatrano was one of the few B’s players that was solid today. He was aggressive, creating chances, and was sniffing around the net like a hound. He had the look of a guy about to break through but it wasn’t meant to be.
- Ryan Spooner wasn’t at his sharpest today. He nearly sealed the B’s fate early by completely blowing a defensive assignment in the second period but was bailed out by Tuukka. And he had Brad Marchand (who also didn’t make much noise today) for a tap in on the power play but decided to over handle the puck instead. It’s not to say he was the worst player on the ice, but he was definitely part of a couple monster plays that stood out as gaffes.
- The start of the third period pretty much defined this one. The Avs actually started to pick up their play 40 minutes into the game. They became the aggressors. They became sharper. The B’s began to flat line. I hate the “they wanted it more” cliché in pro sports, I believe the Bruins wanted to win, but the Avs did what they had to do when it mattered and they did it better than the Bruins. They should get credit for that.
We’ll be back here and on Twitter @BostonPucks on Wednesday, 8:30pm EST, where I suspect Patrice Bergeron will make his season debut and unload on the Avs for 6 or 7 goals. Tune in, folks.