Talking Points: 'Frustration' for Bruins vs. Flames
Sam Bennett did all the damage for the Flames. He blocked a dump-in attempt from Kevan Miller at the blue line, and then took off before getting a stretch pass behind Miller and Morrow on his way to an easy goal in the first period. Then in the third period Bennett worked the puck behind the net before sliding a slick pass to Alex Chiasson that fooled everybody on the ice, including B’s goalie Anton Khudobin. The pass gave Chiasson enough time to roof a puck past Khudobin for the game-winner, and give Bennett two points and a plus-2 in the 15 plus minutes of ice time. Bennett also added one shot and four registered hits in a pretty solid all-around performance for another of Calgary’s good, young players.
Claude Julien went with Joe Morrow after he was caught napping on one of Ottawa’s goals in Thursday night’s loss, and he was rewarded with a couple more defensive gaffes from his young defenseman on Friday night. The more egregious was Morrow lollygagging in defensive support of partner Kevan Miller on the play in the first period that saw Sam Bennett get behind both D-men for the opening goal. He was also a spectator on the Chiasson game-winner in the third period, though Miller was just as culpable on that one in a pairing that hasn’t been good at all in their first two games together. It might be time for Morrow to take a seat in the press box again as the inconsistency has crept right back into his game.
The Bruins looked like they had a tying goal in the second period when Brad Marchand and Mark Giordano collided into each other, with Giordano then wiping out Chad Johnson on his way back to the net after playing the puck well out of the crease. That opened things up for Patrice Bergeron to shoot at the vacant goal and score what appeared to be the game-tying goal, but a video review determined that it was goaltender interference. The fact that Marchand never made contact with Johnson AND that he was way out of the crease playing the puck make this a very “gray area” play for me within the rulebook, and one where they could have counted the goal. Instead it was taken off the board and the offensive frustration continues for the Black and Gold.
You’ve got to give it to Chad Johnson. He’s made a pretty good living for himself after his time in Boston, and has settled in with his hometown Calgary Flames club that was badly in need of some good goaltending. Tonight that’s exactly what Johnson gave them with some timely early saves on Matt Beleskey and David Pastrnak in the first period, a great stop on Brad Marchand in the second period and then 19 stops in the third period. In all Johnson made 35 stops and outplayed the man he actually, originally succeeded as backup goalie for the Bruins, Anton Khudobin.
BY THE NUMBERS
12 – the number of goals for David Pastrnak this season in 16 games, which sees only four people in the NHL (Sidney Crosby, Patrik Laine, Michael Grabner and Alex Ovechkin) with as many or more goals scored than him.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"Frustration right now sets in when you're not scoring. Guys are squeezing their sticks and then sometimes simple plays become tougher plays. We need to try to get over that hump.” – Claude Julien, who has seen the Bruins score two goals or less in seven of their last nine games during a funky offensive stretch.