A night that started out extremely promising came crashing down on the Boston Bruins Thursday night at TD Garden. The B’s took the early 1-0 lead on a David Krejci goal, then preceded to get dominated 6-1 over the final two periods, resulting in an embarrassing 6-2 loss to the Winnipeg Jets in front of 17,565 fans who were pumped up after being hockey deprived for nearly 6 months. Here are some takeaways from the Bruins first game of 2015-16:
No Chara: It was clearly evident the Bruins missed their 6’9 captain as there were many mistakes made by the young defenseman who are being asked to do too much too early in the season. Without the guidance of one their best D men, many of the defensemen looked lost in their own zone which led to a few Winnipeg goals.
More Pasta please!: David Pastrnak was one of the few bright spots in the B’s first game as he created the first goal for David Krejci off a steal in the attacking zone. Being one of the players that can make something out of nothing, on a seemingly innocent 2 on 2 rush with Matt Beleskey, Pasta ripped a quick wrister by Ondrej Pavelec early in the third to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Good puck movement on PP: The Bruins had two power plays in tonight’s game and honestly did a good job moving the puck. Bergeron, Spooner and Krejci were out there for most of the powerplay time and moved the puck around and got good shots going towards the net. The issue though with having 3 center men on the powerplay is there wasn’t a goal scorer on the unit so while there was good puck movement there weren’t great scoring chances.
Rinaldo’s energy: Zac Rinaldo the offseason acquisition from Philly had some good energy in the first period, showcasing his physical play and even drew a penalty giving the B’s their first powerplay of the night. But outside of the first period there really wasn’t any more energy, a theme that was troubling for the Bruins all night
Finish, Finish, Finish: After the Bruins took the early lead, there were great opportunities for them to extend the lead, Connolly had a few chances in close and Loui Eriksson got denied as well. For the Bruins to have any shot of being successful this year they need to capitalize on their opportunities.
Next Games: Home vs Montreal, Saturday at 7 P.M.
Home vs Tampa Bay,
Monday at 1 P.M.
The Bruins haven’t had the Canadiens this early in the year in a long time, look for this one to be a bloodbath. Bruins need to stay focused and build off the few positives they had against the Jets. B’s will have their work cut out for them on Monday as they face the defending Eastern Conference Champions. Bruins defense will need to be in tip top shape for this one, hopefully Chara comes back healthy this weekend.