It was the same ol’ story for the injury ravaged Bruins in Anaheim last night. Grind, dominate good chunks of the game, but no finish. As for their opponent, they’re the ones potting the much needed opportunistic goals. The B’s fell to Anaheim 4-2.
Aside from a sleepy start the B’s effort was there. They worked hard and really did carry a lot of the play. But without a good chunk of their top end talent in the lineup it’s become tough for them to score with any consistency while the kids learn on the fly. Regardless, the season will roll on and it doesn’t care who is in the lineup.
The B’s will soon have to find a way to bury and win or find their way to a draft lottery pick. Personally, with all this youth gaining experience I’d prefer the lottery pick.
Here are a few nuggets from the tough loss to the Ducks:
- To add to the headache of missing key players, Torey Krug left the game with an undisclosed injury, so that’s fun.
- I’ve seen a Chuck E. Cheese busier than the Honda Center last night. It looked like there might have only been 150 people at the game.
- Although there wasn’t a ton of shots in the first period the passive, slow to start Bruins needed Tuukka Rask to be big early and he was. He had a couple gems in the first 10 minutes of the game before his team started to get going.
- Former Northeastern Husky captain and current Duck Kevin Roy scored his first career NHL goal. He beat Tuukka Rask in the first period with a baseball like swing that knocked the puck out of mid air.
- John Gibson had the save of the night on Riley Nash with the a hybrid Jim Craig pad stack/”look what I found” stop:
- Danton Heinen got the ultimate reward for his perfect forechecking when he came away with a loose puck after starting the offensive zone sequence with a great takeaway. He pulled the puck backhand across the slot then went cookie jar shelf with the finish. Slick:
- The Ducks only had one second period shot on net with 4 minutes left in the frame when this own goal/off the skate job went in off Zdeno Chara. After dominating the second period to that point you couldn’t draw up a goal against more Bruin like than this one:
- The Ducks would finish the second period with 2 goals on just 3 “shots”. The Bruins scored just once on 15 second period shots.
- Corey Perry’s early third period snipe that made it 4-1 was the nail in the coffin. This current (P)Bruins lineup doesn’t seem capable of scoring more than two goals in a game.
- David Krejci should finally be back in the lineup Thursday after missing 11 games with a back injury. Thank you, hockey gods.
Expect more of the same from the Bruins on Thursday; a good effort with a struggle to finish. The banged up Bruins turn right around tonight and face a very good L.A. Kings team (10:30PM EST). Ironically, it was a year ago today I was in L.A. meeting Ron Jeremy. Much like the Bruins, I didn’t score either.
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