An avalanche came swift, fast and unexpected for the Boston Bruins, who were unable to properly fight back against it. After a six-game win-streak, including preseason games, the Bruins felt its first defeat of the regular season. The first loss of the season was brought too early, after only playing two games.
The Bruins exited their third straight regular season home game with a huge goose egg for goals. From offense to defense, no player showed the urge to drive the puck in the back of the net. Sure they peppered Avalanche goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere with shots, however the Bruins were not willing to score a “garbage goal” or search for a non-obtained puck to sneak in the net.
Coached by former Colorado Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy, the Avalanche entered TD Garden with an unbeaten 3-0 record and left with a more embellished 4-0 record. Late in the first, Ryan O’Reilly got the puck into the back of the Bruins’ net on a power play, which proved to be the game-winning goal. In this goalie battle, only one shot squeezed between the pipes, unfortunately into the Bruins’ net.
The Bruins were simply unable to get the lucky bounces in their 39-shot effort. It was not the lack of shots on net that delivered their loss, but was the absence of their drive to score like have had in the past two games against Tampa Bay and Detroit. Even though the Avalanche came away with a victory, the Bruins outshot them. Bruin goalie Tuukka Rask faced 30 shots on the night, saving 29, while Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere saved 39 difficult shots.
Milan Lucic demonstrated how penalties are always major reasons why teams lose. Less than a minute remained on the clock in the second period when Lucic had an altercation with the Avalanche captain, resulting in matching roughing penalties. However, the sin bin would hold onto Lucic for an ten extra minutes because of a misconduct. Without him for half of the third period, the team showed how much he was needed.
On the bright side, Lucic and his line, consisting of David Krejci and Jarome Iginla, combined for about 25% of the shots on the night. The line generated multiple scoring opportunities, but fell short due to the poor job of crashing the net and looking for loose pucks that popped out.
Although the defeated Bruins departed Boston with zero goals early in the week after a strong effort, they proved that rust had nothing to do with their loss. Heading out west to Columbus, Ohio, proved to fans that the Bruins were still in sight of a Stanley Cup appearance.