So ahhhh, yeah… How about that Bruins/Avs game last night?? Pretty awesome, huh?
The Colorado Avalanche pumped the B’s, 6-3. And even though the Avs had two empty netters during desperation time it might as well have been 10-3 at that point. The Bruins were out worked, out smart, out skated, and didn’t execute either. It was one giant eye sore of a game. So what can we take away from it?
- The Bruins desperately miss Patrice Bergeron. Without him Riley Nash centered the “top” line and Ryan Spooner was more exposed than a streaker. No, Bergeron might not have been enough to make the absolute difference in that putrid game but at least the players roles, minutes, and the entire hockey universe aligns better for the Bruins when 37 is in the lineup.
- The power play stinks. They were about to be a miserable 1-for-13 on the season before Torey Krug scored late on a mad scramble. It’s another key area they miss Bergy, playing in that bumper position.
- Brandon Carlo (chasing), Kevan Miller (puck movement), Torey Krug (bad pinch, puck handling), and just about every other defenseman had a real bad game. Like, real bad. Gaffe after gaffe, it was ugly. And they know it and it’s all correctable stuff. But for some reason the blue liners could not handle anything thrown at them last night.
- Nail Yakupov has found life in the Rockies. I’m happy for the guy. I’ve always liked him and I have no real reason for that other than his name sold me when he was drafted. He’s been a pretty good quote machine over the years too. Nailer popped off for 3 G’s this week, all before Thursday, and he only scored 3 total last season. It’s nice to see him having success but I wish he had been polite and saved it for next week.
- Does Matt Duchene still really want out of Colorado now that they’re all
high as hellhappy there now? Probably. At least he’s driving his value up for the Avs and playing great in the meantime.
- The Bruins only had 9 shots on net through two periods last night.
- Tuukka Rask was pulled in favor of Anton Khudobin to start the third period. It was a smart move by Bruce Cassidy as Rask was hung out to dry quite a bit and it gave Dobby a chance to prove his worth. He certainly did that. I expect he will now probably get a start this weekend. Here was one of Dobby’s gems in the third:
- The kids are learning how kids learn. Ups and down swings, all season for them. Whether it’s Jake DeBrusk, Charlie McAvoy, or Anders Bjork they are all going to ride the rookie performance wave. Their skill isn’t the question, but their consistency and execution will constantly be tested.
- Danton Heinen however, one of the other kids, grabbed his first NHL point last night on a nice play driving the net that created a rebound goal for Tim Schaller. I really want to see Heinen playing with some top-6 scorers soon.
- David Pastrnak was a bit of a no show last night. And to be fair, most of the team was. But he’s one you’d like to see, with his new “rising star” stature, be one of the guys to step up with a timely goal or assist.
- Last night Twitter quickly reminded me of how ridiculous Bruins fans are at times. You would have thought the Rapture was taking place and that people’s dogs were getting executed all at once. There are SEVENTY-NINE GAMES LEFT. Seventy-nine. As Aaron Rodgers would say, “relax”.
The Bruins have a couple days off before they take on the struggling Arizona Coyotes in Glendale on Saturday. It’s a great opportunity to redirect the ship. I was actually supposed to make the trip out west tomorrow for that one and the Vegas game Sunday but had to cancel last minute. I’m probably better off from a legal and financial perspective anyway.
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