Talking Points: Turnovers in third doom Bruins
It was a bit of a multi-faceted attack for the Ottawa Senators, but give Kyle Turris some credit for making a big play in the third period that essentially put the game out of reach. He intercepted a really weak David Krejci no-look, backhanded pass attempt at the offensive blue line, and took it with speed into the Boston zone before playing give-and-go with Bobby Ryan. Turris eventually finished it off for the goal and finished with three shot attempts in 16:27 of ice time, two hits, a blocked shot and 8 of 11 face-off wins in another solid performance against the Bruins.
Too many mistakes for Torey Krug in 22:01 of ice time as Boston’s de facto No. 1 defenseman with Zdeno Chara out of the lineup. It was a blind clearing attempt that turned into the Chris Wideman deflected shot for a goal for the game-winner. Then, Krug was part of the B’s defensive unit that was caught unable to slow down Ottawa after a David Krejci turnover for the insurance score. It’s too bad because Krug also created 10 shot attempts as well and led the B’s with five shots on net, but the offensive didn’t do enough to balance out some of the defense/puck management issues for the undersized D-man.
The Bruins were just flat dominated in a third period that began with the score tied 1-1 and got outshot 12-7 while playing into the hands of Guy Boucher’s trapping system. A couple of mistakes in the puck management department led to the Ottawa goals and they couldn’t do anything to push out even a single goal to make it more competitive at the end of the game. It’s surprising on a couple of levels, but mostly because the Bruins were 11-2-0 in games where they were tied or leading headed into the third period. Instead, they crumbled with physical and mental mistakes, and didn’t show nearly enough fight to get back into the game.
BY THE NUMBERS
9 – The spot where the Bruins reside in the Eastern Conference after losing to Ottawa in regulation, and now sitting outside of a playoff spot at the all-important Thanksgiving date.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“We played right into what they want. We gave them the turnovers they wanted in the neutral zone, and they capitalized on that. They play with a lot of skill, but their system is waiting back for us to be impatient and make mistakes. This is the type of game where you need to support the puck carrier, and there were too many 1-on-1’s tonight.” –Patrice Bergeron, to reporters in Ottawa following a frustrating loss to the Senators.