The Bruins lost 2-1 to the Colorado Avalanche this afternoon. Beat with 0.4 seconds left by Daniel Brierre left alone on Niklas Svedberg's doorstep.
The Bruins exchanged goals with the Avs in the second period. Jamie McGinn scored on a spin around from the short side and popped a shot past Svedberg who never got square to the shot and it slipped through a gap. Loui Eriksson scored the Bruins first power play goal and goal in two games for the Bruins, on a quick feed from Carl Soderberg after taking a shot from Reilly Smith in the torso. The puck dropped down and Soderberg backhanded the pass to the streaking Eriksson who slapped a backhander at Reto Berra and on the rebound slipped it past Berra.
While Svedberg deserved a better fate than the loss, the rest of the Bruins played a better but only marginally better game than they did against Detroit. They also added Matt Bartkowski Jordan Caron, Seth Griffith and David Krejci to the lineup. While Bartkowski was on the ice for both Colorado goals, he and Dennis Seidenberg were both visibly absent from the front on the net during the game winning goal. Note to Coach, Seidenberg is not up to playing on the right side at this point and two games that he has, he's looked terrible. Jordan Caron was responsible for an icing call that led to the first Colorado goal and was on the ice when it was scored. In 8:05 of ice time, just more of the same from Caron. A blast from the past here, this team let Benoit Pouiliot go after scoring 15 goals for the Bruins during one season back in 2012. He scored 15 for both the Lightning in 2013 and 18 last year for the Rangers, but was let go for defensive liability. Why is Caron still on this roster? He is just a defensive liability and non goal scorer.
The Bruins did a decent job on the penalty kill and the face-off circles but seem to lack enough sustained drive.
The return of David Krejci did seem to improve the game of Milan Lucic who had three hits and three shots during the game and seemed more involved. Seth Griffith played some hard nosed minutes and wasn't shy about shooting towards the net and looked good, but he's not a sniper, more an energy player. I'd keep Griffith up on the fourth line and try Fraser with Krejci and Lucic. I'm still not above moving Torey Krug on wing, but Bartkowski would be better paired with McQuaid rather than Seidenberg. Miller compliments Seidenberg better. I'm looking at this roster and wondering why the 18 best players are not playing, which would be 7 defensemen and 11 forwards.
The Bruins hit the road starting Wednesday night in Detroit, Thursday night in Montreal and Saturday night in Buffalo. While I believe Rask will play back to back the next two games, I'd come right back with Svedberg Saturday night as he played well in a losing cause. The Bergeron and Soderberg lines were more of the same, good efforts with no results 5 on 5. Joe Hagerty had a good line in summing up the game on Comcast SportsCentral tonight; he said the game was "all Swedish an no Finnish" for the Bruins. So far the Bruins aren't giving us much to cheer about and they seem to be eating meals on wheels and not the lunch pail crew we're accustomed to.
Until Next Time !