Bruins look to 'move forward' after disappointing Game 2 loss


Bruins look to 'move forward' after disappointing Game 2 loss

OTTAWA – Any way you look at it, the Bruins let a golden chance slip through their fingers on Saturday afternoon.

The Bruins were 20 minutes away from returning to Boston up 2-0 in a best-of-seven series and had a two-goal lead going into the fateful third period before ultimately losing a 4-3 overtime decision to the Senators in Game 2 at the Canadian Tire Centre. The final three goals for the Sens were either point blasts or passing seams right through the middle of the defensive zone, and it certainly felt like the Boston defense softened up a little bit in the third period and overtime.


“It’s fairly typical with a team that’s behind at home that they’re going to push hard and be desperate, and they did,” said Cassidy. “We didn’t attack enough I thought. When we had opportunities, we were off-net with our shots to extend the lead or to create havoc in their end. We just didn’t have the urgency they did and that’s what generally happened.

“What’s disappointing is that we’re generally pretty good at closing out games, and we didn’t defend high well in our end. We had some breakdowns up top and right until the bitter ends pucks were getting through up-top all the way to the net. We need to close plays off and we needed to front some of those pucks better, and we didn’t. Give them credit, they’ve got some skill up top and they took advantage of it.”

Certainly the most egregious example was Erik Karlsson wheeling through the top of Boston’s zone, and the entire Boston group of five defenders watched and chased after him while leaving Derick Brassard wide open on the backdoor. That goal tied up the game midway through the third period and paved the way for Dion Phaneuf’s game-winner in overtime.

So the Bruins return to Boston with a 1-1 split and now holding home ice advantage in the series, and it will be about moving on to a pivotal Game 3 at TD Garden on Monday night.

“It’s definitely disappointing, but now that it happened we have to move forward,” said Patrice Bergeron. “It would be nice to win 16 in a row, but that’s not easy to do. So you have to move forward and learn from what just happened.

“We played a little more on our heels and tried to play a little too defensive [in the third period]. They made us pay. I don’t really stop and worry about [momentum]. We feel good and we’re thinking about the third game right now.”

Now the Bruins and Senators will hit the reset button, practice on Sunday and prepare anew as the series changes settings to a city of Boston that’s been starved for playoff hockey over the last three years. 

Talking points: Ryan Donato's goal helps Bruins clinch playoff berth

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Talking points: Ryan Donato's goal helps Bruins clinch playoff berth

GOLD STAR: Jaden Schwartz stepped up and won the game for the Blues with a couple of really good plays in the third period and overtime. He took advantage of a line change and a lax Bruins defense to snap a shot past Anton Khudobin from the face-off circle in the third period that tied up the game, and then went on a one-man rush in overtime before blasting a puck past Khudobin for the game-winner on a beautiful individual play. Schwartz finished with the two goals that represented all of the St. Louis offense, four shots on net, a hit and a takeaway in 20:02 of ice time while logging a plus-2 rating as well. The Blues clearly needed somebody to step up to the plate with Vladimir Tarasenko and the Schwartz was with St. Louis on Wednesday night.

BLACK EYE: The Bruins were quite literally black and blue after a physical, punishing game with the St. Louis Blues. A number of players took heavy hits against a St. Louis team that felt free to throw hits and take runs with Zdeno Chara and David Backes out of Boston’s lineup among other players, and that culminated with Brayden Schenn drilling David Krejci in the second period. It was a hit that earned Schenn a two minute penalty for charging midway through the period, but shouldn’t result in anything more for the Blues forward. The hit wasn’t late, his skates were on the ice when he made contact, and Krejci was crouched down when Schenn made impact on a heavy check with his elbows tucked in, so it looked like a relatively clean hit that isn’t going to be on the radar of the NHL’s Player Safety Department. That physicality for the Blues really seemed to slow down the Bruins a little bit as things went on over the 60 plus minutes of the overtime game.


TURNING POINT: The Bruins actually only got outshot by a 15-13 margin in the second period, third period and overtime, but it was clear that they slowed down in terms of attacking and creating chances as things moved on in the game. By the latter half of the game the Bruins were simply trying to hang on to their one-goal lead, and then after that simply trying to hang in there for the point earned by getting to overtime. They managed to do it, but it was a different wave of momentum in the game once the Blues tied things up in the third period on Schwartz’s first goal. After that the Bruins were scrambling and hanging on, and did just enough to hang in there for a single overtime point for the second game in a row.

HONORABLE MENTION: Ryan Donato made it two goals in two games when he stepped into a loose puck created by an Alex Pietrangelo turnover that bounced off referee Brad Watson after he attempted to throw a puck up the middle of the ice. Donato pounced on the fortuitous bounce and rocked a puck on edge past Jake Allen for the game’s first goal and another affirmation that the 21-year-old can both shoot and score. Donato was pretty quiet after that goal, of course, with a couple of shots on net, but it seemed like a big, heavy hit on him by Dmitri Jaskin in the second period kind of quieted the youngster down a little bit. Still, you’ve got to love the production from a player just getting his feet wet at the NHL level.

BY THE NUMBERS: 100 – The number of points for the Bruins after falling in overtime by a 2-1 score to the Blues, and in getting to the century mark the B’s clinched a playoff spot for the second season in a row.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “It’s step one. Going into the season we wanted to make the playoffs and be a Stanley Cup contender. Right now we got in and we’re going to be a contender, right? Now it’s about being in the best position possible going forward.” –Bruce Cassidy, to reporters in St. Louis about clinching the playoff spot on Wednesday night.


Bruins celebrate playoff berth with hilarious video about fans

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Bruins celebrate playoff berth with hilarious video about fans

With a playoff berth in-hand, the Boston Bruins celebrated on Instagram with a playful video about their fans.

The short video put their fans into categories: the hugger, the faithful, the screamer, the loose cannon, the comfortable commentator and the emotional trainwreck.

No matter how the devotees enjoy Bruins games, they can all unit over their hockey team. Here's the vide for your enjoyment.

It's playoff time. Diehards unite. #InOurBlood

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