B's know they must get back to work after loss

B's know they must get back to work after loss

BOSTON – The Bruins were understandably down in their home dressing room following Tuesday night’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Carolina Hurricanes at TD Garden.

They couldn’t finish off a number of scoring chances throughout the game, couldn’t take advantage of three power play chances and couldn’t find a way to seal the deal in 3-on-3 overtime or through five shooters in the ensuing shootout. Boston's franchise goaltender also couldn't fight his way through a screened shot from the perimeter in the first period, and couldn't turn into an impenetrable brick wall in the shootout.

Instead they dropped a valuable point to a Carolina team that will be golfing a week from now, and moved one step closer to becoming another NHL team golfing far too early in April.

“We can’t start thinking about this loss too much. We have to get back to work [on Wednesday] and you know it’s going to be a big game [against Detroit] on Thursday,” said Tuukka Rask. “This time in the season when you lose games they’re always tough and they’re pretty much all must-wins. So we have to get ready for Thursday, and it’s going to be a pretty much do-or-die for us.”

Unfortunately for the Bruins, if the Red Wings win all of their remaining three games then Boston is already dead on arrival.

All three home games were viewed as must-wins for the Bruins entering this week, and they kicked off that stretch with a loss. Now the B’s need to hope that Detroit falls in regulation to the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night, and that the Bruins can throttle up a better playoff-level performance on Thursday night.

It’s far from a sure thing given their recent track record, but the B’s also aren’t going to throw their hands up in surrender.

“Honestly, there’s no doubt that we needed those two points and obviously we wanted them, but for some reason we just couldn’t put the puck in the net,” said David Krejci. “Especially in the first two periods we had a few really good scoring chances so you know what, it is what it is. But we got a point, so what’re we going to do now? So we just kind of regroup and get ready for [the Red Wings] on Thursday.

“Right now it’s right after the game, so it’s obviously frustrating. But you try to have a good attitude and really enjoy tomorrow – tomorrow night just kind of sit by the TV, watch the game and you know see what happens. That’s all we can do right now.”

Boston is once again entering territory late in the season where they need other teams to lose in order to push into the playoffs, and that’s a truly unsettling place to be with only a few games remaining on the schedule.

Banged-up Bruins lose two more -- Rick Nash, McQuaid

Banged-up Bruins lose two more -- Rick Nash, McQuaid

BOSTON – It’s another day and another injured player, or two, for the Boston Bruins.

Veteran right winger Rick Nash was a late scratch for the Bruins on Monday night against the Blue Jackets after getting banged up in last weekend’s win over the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid had to exit due to injury in the third period of Monday night’s 5-4 overtime loss at TD Garden.  

“[Nash] got hit in Tampa, so we thought he was fine. He had an upper-body injury,” said Bruce Cassidy. “This morning, pregame skate, we thought he’d be fine, and it turned out after pregame skate, early afternoon, he wasn’t. So, you know, we had to make a call for Anton Blidh.”

The Nash absence forced the Bruins to recall Blidh from Providence on emergency recall and plug him into the lineup not using him in the last couple of road games in Florida, and it also pushed 21-year-old rookie Ryan Donato into a top-6 role alongside David Krejci in his NHL debut. Clearly things worked out for Donato with a 1-goal, 3-point performance in his first NHL game, and that along with some quality organizational depth is helping them withstand some of the injuries.

McQuaid was held to just 10:42 of ice time that was the fewest among all Bruins D-men on Monday night, but it was unclear exactly what befell him on the ice injury-wise.  

It is getting a little ridiculous for a Bruins team that’s missing Patrice Bergeron (fractured right foot), Zdeno Chara (upper body), Jake DeBrusk (upper body), Charlie McAvoy (sprained left MCL), David Backes (right leg laceration) and now may have to go without Nash (upper body) and McQuaid (undisclosed) as well. Clearly it’s something the Bruins will have to play through for the time being while simply hoping that it all conveniently clears up ahead of the Stanley Cup playoffs. 

“You know, you call a player up [from the AHL], right? We signed one out of college; that helped. So, that’s it. [The injuries] are uncontrollable to a certain extent. It’s kind of enough, now. I would agree. We’ve had our share, so let’s get these guys healthy and get ready to play,” said Cassidy. “I don’t know. You’ve got to play the game in front of you and you just hope the string of, kind of, tough luck, is over.

“That’s it. It’s a physical game. We’ve said all along, to have successful seasons, both regular and playoffs, you need a certain level of health. That’s what we’re hoping, that these guys come back, and that’s it. Until then, we plug the holes and play the game in front of you.”

Plugging those holes will continue to get more and more challenging if the Bruins keep losing players from their lineup on a nightly basis as they may have on Monday with both Nash and McQuaid now banged up as well.


NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Donato impresses in NHL debut

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: Donato impresses in NHL debut

1:13 - Joe Haggerty joins from the TD Garden to discuss the non-call on Brad Marchand’s breakaway, Ryan Donato shining in his NHL debut, and when Patrice Bergeron could be returning.

6:16 - Gary Tanguay, Mike Giardi, and Trenni Kusnierek debate if the Patriots are starting to replace the talent they’ve lost this offseason as they have acquired Adrian Clayborn, Jeremy Hill, and Jason McCourty. 

11:01 - A. Sherrod Blakely joins Boston Sports Tonight to talk about the Celtics continuing to struggle as the injuries have piled up.