The Montreal Canadians beat the Boston Bruins in their home opener 6-4 to night at the Bell Center. Though the Bruins scored 4 goals, a season high in one game, the Canadians embarrassed the Bruins by scoring odd goals as needed and the Bruins legs failed them from the 7 minute mark of the second period in the second of back to back games.
Kudos to an early effort, but where does the Bruins defense head after the second period. You can't play a 30 minute game and expect to win. The Bruins squandered a break out game of unusual offense of their own and still allowed Montreal to Chase Tuukka Rask from the game with 7 minutes left in the third period.
Tonight saw the Bruins score a power play goal, but allow two power play goals by the Canadians. Special teams is becoming an issue and the Bruins are failing to respond. With leads of 1-0, 2-1 , 3-2 they let the Habs hang around and take care of business when their legs failed them in the last half of the game. Milan Lucic took a bad two minute boarding call and a misconduct after the Canadians scored on the power play. Is someone going to sit down with him and lay out the expectations for Lucic at some point? Because he's costing the Bruins dearly in 4 out of 6 games played to this point.
Coach Julien, can we play our best defensive players during a game of divisional importance at some point? Play Krug up at forward and cement the third defensive pairing with Bartkowski. Was Griffith a factor in this game or just an extra roster spot? Simon Gagne scored his first goal, so what? He's the difference and no Iginla answer for this team? I shudder to think about it. Boychuk is gone in trade, not injured and returning. Are we committing to holes that can't be filled on defense? There's no help in the system for what ails the Bruins. But to get better it starts with playing your best players on the roster. Rask and Svedberg are going to need help and I'm seeing a lack of commitment to team defense and penalty kill. We need more basics in our game, not chancy up tempo risk.
After a close contest in Detroit that we escaped from with a shoot out win, we capped a stinker in Montreal. I'm worried about our ability to play a steady road game in Buffalo on Saturday.
Until Next Time!