Talking Points: Another ugly game for Bruins
It was many of the same players that did the damage for the Avalanche on Monday afternoon that scored again on Wednesday night, and the immortal Sven Andrighetto was right in the middle of that with a pair of goals. Andrighetto finished with five shot attempts, a hit and a takeaway in 16 plus minutes of ice time for the Avs, and appears to be an answer-type player for the Avalanche like he never was for the Habs organization. Andrighetto, Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon and Nail Yakupov all finished with multi-point nights, so there were plenty of bright lights to choose from after Wednesday night’s game was over.
It’s never a good sign for the Bruins when there are several worthy candidates for biggest reason behind a team’s loss, but here we are after another shoddy game against the Avalanche. David Krejci finishes as the guy with a minus-2 rating in 18 plus minutes of ice time along with a single shot on net and just 9-of-21 in the face-off circle. Worse than the numbers, Krejci has looked disengaged and not nearly as into what’s happening on the ice as he was on opening night when he stepped up in a major way with Patrice Bergeron out of the lineup. The Bruins need a high impact Krejci with No. 37 out of the lineup, and he’s just not there right now.
The Bruins and Avalanche were tied 1-1 after the first 20 minutes of play and it looked like Boston might have regained the sitting after tying things up later in the period. Instead the Avalanche doubled down and pressed on with their pressure, and scored three unanswered goals to take a 4-1 lead over the Bruins that would eventually be good enough in a 6-3 victory for the Avalanche. The turning point for the Bruins was continuing to see just as much starch and fight out of the Avs in the latter moments of the game when they could have buckled under the pressure,
It wasn’t a completely “Marchand is back” kind of game for No. 63 because some things were still forced and he was a minus player in a rough loss for the Bruins, but the Nose Face Killah made an impact on Wednesday night. He finished with a goal and two points in 20:53 of high impact ice time that included three shots on net, six shot attempts overall and a nasty rush up the right wing in the first period that led to his second goal of the season. Sure there were some ill-advised passing attempts and some instances when he played a little too much into the Colorado defense, but he also became a high impact player for the Bruins when they badly needed one on Wednesday night.
BY THE NUMBERS
1 – Danton Heinen picked up an assist in the third period on Tim Schaller’s goal that started to chip away unsuccessfully at the Colorado lead, and that was the Bruins rookie’s first career NHL point in his ninth game in Boston.
QUOTE TO NOTE
“I’m disappointed in the group because this is where the veteran guys, your leadership, should be better than that. I think we know that our young guys need to learn the ropes a little bit, but you could see our decisions were lacking tonight.” –Bruce Cassidy to reporters following the loss to Colorado.