Avalanche Buries Bruins Again In Ugly 6-3 Loss
Tonight’s non-Khudobin highlight.
After their last two games versus the Colorado Avalanche, the Bruins are in serious need of one of those St. Bernards and whatever kind of XXX booze he has in his little neck barrel. That’s because they need to forget these last two games in which they were outscored 10-3 and thoroughly outplayed for about 5.5 periods of 6 periods.
All of the promise of last week’s home opener is now under 10 feet of snow thanks to a home-and-home filled with sloppy play, a vastly outplayed #1 goalie, and the apparent rawness of the many rookies the team is relying on to carry the load. Oh, and the top two lines are missing one of the game’s best centers in Patrice Bergeron and the hard-nosed veteran David Backes. It’s pretty noticeable.
After Monday’s 4-0 whitewashing, I expected the Bs to come out flying. Instead, it was the Home Opening Avs who dominated play, holding an 11-4 shot advantage after one though the score was tied thanks to Brad Marchand’s snipe.
The Bs were again limp in the second, mustering just five shots on net in the stanza as Colorado built a 4-1 lead. Boston had coverage issues, mental errors, and seemed to barely have the puck. It was looking ugly in the third until Tim Schaller’s goalmouth tally with 8:30 left got his team within one and finally woke them up, albeit much too late. Torey Krug’s batted in another goal about a minute and a half later to make sleepy East Coast viewers snap to attention.
But the spirited effort came too little, too late. The Bs pulled Anton Khudobin, who replaced a so-far-less-than-stellar Tuukka Rask after two periods, for the extra attacker and this is where Bergeron was missed. David Krejci lost the O-zone face-off with a 6-on-5 and the Avs’ clearing attempt hit a wall-hugging Schaller. But the puck took a fortuitous bounce right to Mikko Rantanen who then sent Sven Andrighetto in for the ENG. Tyson Jost added a second ENG 24 seconds later for the 6-3 final.
The Bs are off until Saturday so they’ll have some time to gather themselves mentally and watch tape to see where they need to be better (hint: pretty much everywhere). Next up are the Coyotes Saturday at 9PM.
A few more buds for your bowl…
*Speaking up buds, yet another “high” reference from Mad Jack Edwards in weed-legal Colorado. Yeah, I know about the whole ‘mile high’ thing but there’s no way that’s what he’s talking about when he looks at Brick after he says it and smiles like the Cheshire cat after eating fish-flavored edibles. Jack has subtly dropped bud references in many cities a handful of times the last few years and it’s always funny. Too bad everybody who catches it is too baked to make a compilation video.
*The fact that the Avs sucked last season is irrelevant this season. Yeah, it’s early but they’re tied for second in points with 3 wins in 4 games. They’re a fast team with loads of talent up front and a bona fide #1. Foppa’s comments aside, the Matt (not Steve) Duchene chatter has died down considerably. Winning will do that. Let’s see if it continues.
*Adam McQuaid has a spirited bout with Nikita Zadorov after the Bs defenseman cross-checked Jost…
and Zadorov took exception when Quaider left the box.
*Nail Yakupov, the #1 overall pick five years ago, is on his third team in three seasons and looked like he may be wading into Daigleville prior to this year kicking off. I don’t know if he’s just feasting on a green Boston roster but he looks a lot more like the talented, speedy scorer his was billed as than he has in years. If he continues this play, he’ll soon be one of the best bargains in the NHL at $875,000.
*Simply, Rask needs to be better. His forwards and D were no help last night. But he just doesn’t look as sharply focused as we’ve seen him in the past.
*Full props to Dobby last night. He stopped all nine shots he faced and gave the Bs a chance. I wonder if he earned the start in Arizona Saturday night. Khudobin highlight…