Stumbling out of the Gate
So its now official to say the Bruins have stumbled out of the gate to start the season. Through four games the B’s have only scored seven goals and have gone a thrilling 1 for 18 on the power play.
The worst part of watching the Bruins over the three games they have lost is, although they have not played great, they still have a chance to win all the games. If it weren’t for the final minute of the first period against the Flyers they would have had control of the game. Symeon Varlamov stood on his head so Colorado could get their first win of the season against the B’s. Then there was last night.
The B’s had two opportunities in the first period to score on the PP, naturally they didn’t. A late penalty on Chris Kelly at the end of the first period, carried over into the second, which Joni Pitkanen scored just :42 seconds into the second period.
The B’s hung around during the second, blowing three more PP opportunities and headed into the third period trailing 1-0.
Boston went down 2-0 almost four minutes into the third but Tyler Seguin (1) answered back for the B’s, with an absolute snipe just :25 seconds after the Hurricanes goal, making it a 2-1 game. Seguin played really well and had good puck movement on the first line, which was probably the best game the first line has played all season.
The B’s gave up another goal in the ladder half of the period when Jiri Tlusty was just left, wideee open in front of the net. Boston answered back again (on their only PP that works, the 6 on 5 PP) when Machmond (2) scored on a delayed penalty and they had the extra attacker on the ice.
The B’s could have won but they did not put a full 60-minute effort and did not get a complete game from everyone on the team. Right now the win over Tampa is the way the B’s need to play to win games this season.
Their other problem is, the Bruins are a team that plays better with their backs to the wall. Just look at last year in the playoffs, the team strived when down 2-0 to Montreal, down 2-0 to Vancouver, and other desperate times throughout the playoffs, where they absolutely needed to win.
B’s have a BIG BIG game on Saturday, when they head to Chicago for a match-up of the last two Stanley Cup winners.