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Morning Skate: What would happen if the Coyotes moved?

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Morning Skate: What would happen if the Coyotes moved?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while getting back to the business of hockey next week.

*The Gila River Arena is beginning to show some prospects for the community of Glendale, but what would happen if the Coyotes franchise ever decided to pack up and leave?

*As a prospective baseball player, Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville makes one hell of a hockey coach.

*PHT writer Ryan Dadoun has the Colorado Avalanche announcing the signing of Harvard standout Alex Kerfoot, who had drawn interest from around the NHL.  

*Speaking of the Colorado Avalanche, University of Denver D-man Will Butcher is expected to make his decision this weekend and it’s possible he could circle back to the Avs. As I said a while back, the Bruins are not expected to be in the running given, from an organization standpoint, their overcrowded situation on the left side of their defense. They could use another stalwart top-four guy with some NHL experience on the left side to potentially pair with Charlie McAvoy, but Butcher really doesn’t fit that bill.

*Tyler Seguin says there are “no excuses” for the revamped Dallas Stars this upcoming season. That’s funny because I didn’t think there were really any excuses last season either but that didn’t stop them from completely sucking.

*For something completely different: "Batman" director Matt Reeves attempted to put out the fire on several Batman movie rumors, but he was pretty vague on some important ones. Like, is Ben Affleck going to actually be in these Batman movies and are they really going to be interconnected with the Justice League and other DC standalone movies? This feels like it’s going to end up being one big, giant letdown once fans learn the truth because I think this Reeves dude is going to be doing his own thing apart from the DC Extended Universe just when they’re beginning to get some traction with the Wonder Woman movie.


 

Pastrnak on B's loss: "We kind of stopped playing"

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Pastrnak on B's loss: "We kind of stopped playing"

BOSTON – At the end of the day, it was simply a game where the Bruins allowed themselves to get outworked in the third period and overtime. 

The B’s held a three-goal lead in the second period and still enjoyed a two-goal lead in the third period, but eventually dropped a frustrating, futile 5-4 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden on Saturday night. It was clear to most speaking after the game that the Bruins eased up on the gas pedal once they’d scored their fourth goal of the game in the second period, and simply watched as the Sabres stomped all over them in the game’s second half. 

“I think we might have been a little bit too scared to play [in the third period], you know? We tried to just flip the pucks away, and didn’t make any plays trying to get it in the zone. Instead we should have just kept going like we did in the first two periods,” said David Pastrnak, who scored a pair of goals early in the loss to allow the Bruins to build up the three-goal lead. “Obviously we’re disappointed. We got one point. I think we didn’t play our game in the third period. We kind of stopped playing and they were all over us, and you know, it’s on us. We were the ones that gave them their point, but the first two periods were good. It’s just another learning session.”

To Pastrnak’s point, the Bruins were outshot by a 15-6 margin in the final 20 minutes of regulation and 21-6 overall in the third period and overtime prior to Ryan O’Reilly’s game-winner during 3-on-3 play. It was at this point the Bruins certainly missed stalwart stay-at-home defensemen Adam McQuaid and Kevan Miller in the D-zone, and fell short of qualified penalty killers while trying to burn off a Brandon Carlo interference call at the end of the third period. 

All of that caught up to them once the Bruins loosened their grip on the Sabres, but certainly the feeling is that the loss should’ve been avoidable even if some of the circumstances made it difficult for the Black and Gold. It also should have been avoidable against a Sabres hockey club that was dreadful last season, and is again one of the doormats in the Atlantic Division in the early going thus far. 

“Those are the games you can’t lose. We obviously didn’t do the job there in the third and close it out, but we’re going to have to regroup and work on our game and be better for the next one,” said Brad Marchand. “We didn’t play the game we needed to play. We relaxed a bit and we started losing a few battles in the wrong areas, and you know, they just played better than we did.”

It’s mystifying that any team would need a crash-and-born loss like Saturday night in order to learn any lessons moving forward, and it certainly might have been a different story for the Bruins if they weren’t missing a few big defensive pieces. But that’s not how it went down for the Black and Gold as they sagged under rising pressure from the Sabres, and simply stopped working when the chips were on the table late in Saturday night’s game.