Talking Points: Bruins collapse in third period
The Melrose kid once again did some damage to the Bruins. Conor Sheary finished with a couple of goals and three points along with a plus-3 rating, and got the Penguins off to a solid lead before the bottom dropped out for the Black and Gold in the third period. Sheary was active in the offensive zone utilizing his speed and tenacity while playing on a line with Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust that the B’s simply didn’t have an answer for. Sheary finished with four shots on net and a registered hit in his 16:09 as well, and is starting to compile some pretty good career numbers against the team he grew up rooting for.
This was an entire team breakdown in the third period after the Bruins couldn’t capitalize on the push they made in the second period. The B’s defenders began losing coverage right in front of the net, and leaving guys like Sidney Crosby wide open in front on a penalty kill. That’s an unforgivable sin on special teams. It’s too bad because the Bruins might have been able to hang on if they’d cashed in on another chance or two in the second period, but the roof caved in after Tuukka Rask exited the game and the defensive game eluded them. The Bruins are a very fragile team right now, and the entire team showed it in the third period against a Penguins team that will expose you.
Once Tuukka Rask left the game with what appeared to be vision issues in the second period, the Bruins were already trailing in the game and had one final push in the second period. Once they couldn’t finish any plays there it turned into a third period where the Bruins allowed three pretty easy goals while totally breaking down. The Bruins sent out a tweet indicating that Rask “wasn’t feeling well”, and one has to wonder if this was a reoccurrence of the migraine problems that knocked him out of a game a couple of years ago. Either way it seemed like the entire B’s team sagged without their No. 1 goalie in the third period and gave way to the Penguins for their fourth loss in a row.
Matt Murray made 44 saves including a great stop early on a Brad Marchand wraparound attempt when it was still a close game, and then got a shoulder on a David Backes breakaway attempt in the early going as well. There were a lot of perimeter shots from the Bruins thrown in there as well, but credit Murray for stopping whatever was in front of him, and for actually playing the whole game. The same couldn’t be said for the B’s No. 1 goalie, who exited the game in the second period ahead of the eventual collapse. Murray was at his best in the second period when he stopped 21-of-22 shots and held back the B’s until the Penguins attack exploded in the third period.
BY THE NUMBERS
6:26 – the final amount of time in the first period that was pushed off to the second period when ice problems forced the refs to send each of the teams back to their dressing rooms. The officials then tacked the time onto the beginning of the second period with a one minute break in-between play. Neither team scored in the opening period, but the Penguins scored 18 seconds into the second period to get them off and running.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“This was an embarrassing loss. That’s all I’ve got to say about this game.” – David Krejci to reporters after the Bruins dropped a 5-1 decision to the Penguins to cap off a four-game losing streak.