BOSTON -- The Bruins were guarding against a sleepy, disengaged start to their Columbus Day matinee against a Western Conference opponent, but, as if coming from the pages of a predictable TV sitcom script, it happened anyway.
Tuukka Rask let in a couple of questionable goals early -- including on the first shot of the game he faced -- and the Bruins were never able to recover in a 4-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden.
The defeat is their 10th straight to the Avs at TD Garden, where the Bruins always seem to be in a situation where they come to the rink with much less than their best when Colorado comes to town. Overall they're winless in their last 12 home games against the Avs, dating back to 1998.
In this one, the immortal Sven Andrighetto ripped one past Rask that the B’s goalie managed to get a piece of his glove on but couldn’t fully contain. The Avalanche followed by scoring just after a Bruins power play had expired, as Carl Soderberg fed JT Compher for a blast that the Colorado forward snapped over Rask’s glove hand to the short side of the net.
Semyon Varlamov made his share of quality saves in stopping 23 shots in the first 40 minutes of the game, and stood tall in the second period by holding strong at the far post on a David Pastrnak cruise to the net. He also stoned Sean Kuraly on a couple of bids in close in the first period, and ended with 27 saves for the shutout win in which he clearly out-dueled Rask.
Rask gave up the back-breaking third goal in the third period when he was beaten to a loose puck in the corner by Nail Yakupov, and then watched helplessly as the former No. 1 overall pick floated a shot into the vacated net. It was that kind of day for Rask and the Bruins.