Talking Points: Czarnik a bright spot for Bruins in loss to Red Wings
Austin Czarnik was one of the few Bruins players that came through on a tough all-around night for the Black and Gold. He scored the only goal for Boston in the first period, and had actually given the Bruins an early lead before the roof completely caved in on them in the middle 20 minutes of the game. The score gives Czarnik two goals in a preseason where he’s once again showing the best he has to give, and at least gives him a fighting chance at a roster spot if he can continue to play at a high level. Czarnik finished with three shots on net and four shot attempts, and won 6-of-12 face-offs while at least being competitive unlike many of own teammates on this night.
It’s probably safe to say that Anton Khudobin will start the year as the backup goalie for the Bruins after watching Zane McIntyre experience some major difficulties in the second period. After making 11 saves in the opening 20 minutes, he faltered in the second period and allowed four goals on 13 shots with a couple of them registering as pretty soft goals. McIntyre was beaten short side by Frans Nielsen on a shot he got a good look at as he was retreating from the shooter, and then was beaten far side on the very next Detroit score as he once again got a pretty good look at the shot. McIntyre was pulled in favor of Malcolm Subban for the third period, and for all intents and purposes probably won’t see a ton more time in the preseason.
Things got away from the entire Bruins team in the second period. Coverage mistakes in all zones, some very poor decisions to make aggressive plays combined with other players not ready to make the proper defensive reads and some pretty average goaltending as well. Once it got to 4-1 in the second period on a shot that Zane McIntyre probably should have been able to stop. On the positive side of things, Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy is going to have plenty of things on video to instruct and improve some of the mistakes being made on the ice. It was actually pretty amazing to watch how quickly the intensity dropped after a decent opening 20 minutes for the Bruins.
With Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara both sitting this one out, there was absolutely nobody in a Bruins uniform to try and stop Frans Nielsen from doing major damage for the Red Wings. Nielsen finished with a couple of goals and three points along with a plus-2 rating, he won 8-of-13 face-offs and finished with three shot attempts in 15:36 of ice time. His quickness, his dangerous shot and his veteran polish in the offensive zone all stood out against a B’s squad that was a little on the young side, and a little thin on the defensive side of things.
BY THE NUMBERS
5 – the team-high number of hits for Kevan Miller while putting in an honest night’s work with the Bruins that had him taking shifts with Adam McQuaid by the end of the game after a number of defensive miscues.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“In previous games, we’ve created our share of turnovers and got on pucks, and tonight we just didn’t seem to have that same jump. There are always some positives, but not enough tonight.” – Bruce Cassidy, to reporters in Detroit on a pretty underwhelming effort from his Bruins group vs. the Red Wings.