The Bruins were looking to get back on track tonight against the Canadiens and for twenty minutes it looked like the loss against the Leafs was behind them. Then the second period started and the wheels fell off once again. The Bruins were out scored in their last two games 11 to 2 so there is a lot that needs to be fixed.
The first period was good the Bruins had energy and were making plays out shooting Montreal 11-6. The Bruins struck first with a power play goal from Dougie Hamilton. The goal was set up on a great play by Loui Eriksson who blocked the Montreal winger from getting the puck and fed it out to Hamilton who was able to get enough on the rolling puck to get it by Price. This is what the Bruins can look at from this game and say this is how we need to play for 60 minutes. For some reason the team just comes out flat in the second period and just doesn't look the same.
The second period was much like the game against the Leafs just total domination by the opponents. The Habs started off with a penalty shot goal from Dale Weise who was able to draw the penalty after blocking an ill advised Carl Soderberg pass. Then 13 minutes into the period Lars Eller gave the Canadiens the lead and a Max Pacioretty goal made it 3-1 just two minutes later. After this point the Bruins just couldn't get anything going and they just looked like they were a step behind the Canadiens. The Bruins were out shot in the second period 16-6 mostly because they took four penalties in the period.
The third period was much of the same as the Bruins failed to capitalize on a power play to start the period. The Canadiens struck twice in the period first just over five minutes in on Max Pacioretty's second goal of the game then 14 minutes in on a power play goal from Jiri Sekac. Montreal would end the game scoring 5 unanswered goals to win 5-1. The Bruins again just looked as if they didn't want to be there. They had no fire on the bench they had no energy on the ice it was as if every player was saying here we go again. This team has started the past two games well but has come out extremely flat in the second and third periods.
The Bruins will play Carolina next on Saturday again looking to show what kind of team they have. Whether we get the physical grinding high energy Bruins or this new version I don't know but if we get the new Bruins team it will be another loss. Carolina is 5-1-1 in their last 7 games after a slow start so they are not a team to take lightly. The Bruins shuffled up the lines a little while back to give the team some energy and hopefully Claude can work some magic once again. Maybe moving Fraser to the fourth line and bringing Gagne up or moving Lucic down to the third line and Gagne to the top line could spark something. Right now no ideas should be off the table and I think we are all just waiting for Krejci to come back. This season just shows the type of impact he has on this team with his speed vison and playmaking ability. Another hole that is being exposed by teams is the absence of Chara who would have been on the ice against the Pacioretty line tonight and the Kessel line last night. The young defensemen are starting to be exposed and the unfamiliarity between pairings is causing problems. As always keep checking back here for all the latest news and updates on all of your favorite Boston teams and hopefully we will bring you some good news on the Bruins soon with players hopefully returning to the team soon.