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Bruins frustration gets the best of them

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Bruins frustration gets the best of them

BOSTON -- The Bruins and Claude Julien are seeing a disturbing trend with many of their games thus far this season.

The Bs stormout of the startingchute firing on most if not all cylinders and generate some pretty good offensive chances, but they don't capitalize early in the game on those changes. That little first period tease ends up being cause for frustration later on in the game when the Bruins either A) get wildly out of their game plan or B) make mistakes out of misplaced anger and emotion as they did on Tuesday night while playing right into the hands of agitating Tim Gleason.

Its what happened to the Bruins against the Flyers opening night when they should have been up by three or four goals in the first period, it happened on the road in Carolina after a first period filled with Grade A scoring chances turned away by Cam Ward, and it went down again against the Hurricanes againTuesday night in a 4-1 defeat at TD Garden where the B's simply "lost it" in the final 20 minutes.

I think what I saw from tonight is that we start off the game well. In the first period we had some great chances, but were not capitalizing, Julien said. What I see is frustration setting in. The minute we start getting frustrated, we lose focus of our game and then it gets worse and worse. Thats been a bit of a pattern this year.

If you look back at the Philadelphia game, we start off well in the first period, same thing and we didnt capitalize . . . even Colorado. There have been some games where we come out of the game well and have some great opportunities to score, but its not going in right now. The frustration is getting the better of us. I think its important that we fight our way through it and manage our frustration here.

The third period against the Hurricanes on Tuesday night was all about losing focus and letting frustration creep into their game, and Nathan Horton turned into the poster boy for that projected anger. The B's right winger took a single cross check to the back from Gleason, knew the Carolina defenseman wasn't going to fight when he tossed off his gloves and then proceeded to beat him into the ice anyway. That it happened just 31 seconds after the Bruins had halved their deficit to 2-1 on a Rich Peverley goal gives one a pretty clear pictures of what Gleason was doing -- and the kind of trap that Horton willingly fell into on a night when two points were still within reach.Andrew Ference said that much of it is reflected back on the ineffectiveness of Boston's offense, and individual players feeling pressure to produce as they did last season. It's not happening early this year, and many of the Bruins are getting out of the practices that made them so effective.

I think that we wanted to start off with a better record, and guys personally wanted to get off with better numbers to get their stuff going. They wanted to feel sharp about their game, said Ference. But you cant let those frustrations get in the way of having success. Were a good team with a good system, but we run into troubles when you start searching outside of the system trying to do too much. Once we get outside of it even if its only a couple of guys it really blows up the way that were trying to play.

If there was one thing the Bruins definitely did against the Hurricanes on Tuesday night, it was blow up in the final 20 minutes of play. Sure, they showed some fight and emotion against a team that traditionally doesn't bring it out of them. But its time for the Bruins to recognize their frustratedpatterns and address them before theyre doomed to repeat them overand overagain during such an important stretch of home ice hockey early in the year.

Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself

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Morning Skate: Habs' Pacioretty blames himself

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while watching the Montreal Canadiens crash and burn in the Atlantic Division.  

*Max Pacioretty is certainly falling on his sword up in Montreal calling himself “the worst one on the ice” as the Habs really struggle to get going this season.

*Brad Marchand was on the Twitter machine after Thursday night’s win and having some fun with what his video game controller probably looks like when he plays hockey.

*Pro Hockey Talk has the details of the Erik Gudbranson boarding hit on Frank Vatrano from last night that looks like it’s going to get the Vancouver D-man suspended.

*Oliver Ekman-Larsson is still adjusting to the changes that are taking place with the Arizona Coyotes as they struggle in the desert.

*The Maple Leafs are looking and acting like contenders early on up in Toronto, and that would be a very good thing for the NHL.

*For something completely different: The Backstreet Boys are going country? Now I’ve definitely seen it all.

 

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid’s leg is broken, will have surgery Monday

BRIGHTON, Mass – Another serious injury has hit the Bruins in the first few weeks of the season.

Adam McQuaid’s right leg is broken, he'll have surgery Monday and he’ll miss some significant time after he blocked a shot that knocked him out of the Thursday night victory over the Vancouver Canucks. The rugged, stay-at-home defenseman took multiple pucks of in successive games off his leg in the past two games against the Golden Knights and the Canucks.

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Bruins GM Don Sweeney, in a Bruins statement released after practice Friday, said McQuaid sustained a broken right fibula and is scheduled to have surgery on Monday at Mass. General Hospital. He is expected to miss approximately eight weeks.

It’s a tough blow for McQuaid, 31, after he was able to play 77 games last season before missing the playoffs with an injury and has consistently battled injuries in his career while playing a hard-nosed, fearless brand of hockey.

“Adam [McQuaid] is seeing the doctors as we speak, so there will be an announcement about him,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said earlier Friday at practice. “With Bergie [Patrice Bergeron] it’s a maintenance day where we felt it would be better after 20 minutes of ice to let it rest, and the same with [David] Krejci. Miller is a maintenance day as well. He got whacked, but he should be fine as well. We’ll have a better idea in the morning, but we expect all of the [maintenance players] to play.”

Bergeron, David Krejci and Kevan Miller were all missing from practice on Friday morning at Warrior Ice Arena, but it was maintenance days for all as they’re expected to be back in the lineup on Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres. 

Tuukka Rask is out indefinitely while in the concussion protocol after his practice collision earlier this week, but the good news is that Bruins goaltender was up and around at the practice facility on Friday rather than at home convalescing in a dark room.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings for the Black and Gold with a few bodies missing from practice:

Marchand-Schaller-Bjork

DeBrusk-White-Pastrnak

Agostino-Nash-Backes

Beleskey-Kuraly-Vatrano

 
Chara-Carlo

Krug-McAvoy

Postma

 
Khudobin

McIntyre