Talking Points: 'Disappointing' showing by Bruins
BOSTON -- Talking points from the Bruins' 4-0 loss to the Islanders in a Monday matinee at TD Garden . . .
Nikolay Kulemin has enjoyed games against the Bruins this season. He scored a goal in the Isles' 4-3 win in December and added two more Monday afternoon. Kulemin scored the game’s first goal when he got lost in the coverage in front of the Boston net, then scored the backbreaking third goal in the second period when the Bruins started cheating a bit too much offensively. In both instances Kulemin filled into a scoring position unchecked by the B’s defense, and was given golden chances to score on Tuukka Rask and the Bruins. For the day finished with the two goals and a plus-2 performance in 13:45 of ice time to go along with two shots on net, one hit and one takeaway.
One shot on net and a minus-3 for David Pastrnak in 18:02 of ice time, who has really cooled down after his red-hot start to the season. The 20-year-old hasn’t been the same since missing time due to the elbow procedure, and didn’t play with speed, confidence or any of his newfound toughness on the puck while getting knocked around by the Islanders. Pastrnak has now gone 14 games without a goal and hasn’t lit the lamp since Dec. 14 in an overtime loss to the Penguins. This was the kind of game where the Bruins could have used Pastrnak’s instant offense to jump-start them back into things, but it just didn’t happen.
The turning point was clearly came in the second period when, after killing a couple of Islanders power plays, the Bruins dropped into the tank. They allowed three scores on coverage mistakes, soft goals allowed by the goalie and getting caught cheating offensively once they fell behind. It led to the Islanders scoring three goals on 12 shots in the period, and the Bruins doing precious little to try and stop New York’s momentum from building during the game. In a game that was one of their worst of the season, the second period was one of the B's worst periods of the season without a doubt.
The Bruins didn’t really challenge the Islanders goaltender all that much, but give Thomas Greiss credit for standing in there and making 32 perfunctory saves for the shutout, the fifth of his career and his first of the season, as he continues to hold the Isles' starting goalie spot after rotating time over the last few years. It was the first time the Bruins have ever been shut out by the Islanders in Boston; they were last blanked by the Isles on Feb. 24, 2004 at the Nassau Coliseum by Rick DiPietro in a 0-0 tie.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 – The number of matinee losses for the Bruins this season after Monday afternoon’s 4-0 defeat. They’d previously gone 5-0 in matinee games.
QUOTE TO NOTE
Whether it was fatigue or not, I don't know. But we were flat today. It's very disappointing"
Claude Julien, noting that the Bruins didn’t do anything of redeeming value in a no-show 4-0 shutout loss to the New York Islanders.