For the third game in a row, the Boston Bruins have lost a game. After a hot start to begin the season, the team seems to have hit a bit of a skid. Of course, the team was able to squeeze out a point but the big power offense that we’ve been seeing lately seemed to have disappeared.
This is something that has seemed to always be an issue for the Bruins though. For a few weeks, the ‘perfection line’ has a lot of scoring and seems to be dominating the entire league when it comes to points but then as soon as it’s started, it fizzles out. I know that Brad Marchand had the tying goal but he was the only one on the line that has even a point last night. Danton Heinen had the other goal and Charlie Coyle, Zdeno Chara and Matt Grzelcyk each had an assist.
What the Bruins need is to learn how to balance their offense from Marchand, Bergeron, and Pastrnak. It seems as though they are either producing ten points from that line alone or just one. Unfortunately, as I said before, this has been a problem for a while for this team.
Another thing that this team desperately needs to work on is their overtime play because it’s been horrific this year. Out of the three games that the Bruins have gone to overtime in, they have lost all of them: one in the OT period and two in a shootout. I recognize that it is usually referred to as ‘extra hockey’ for a reason and that they ‘ve already played three full periods so they’re probably tired, but the team looked like there was no urgency while on the ice.
They also played sloppily. Who gets called for too many men on the ice while playing three-on-three? The Boston Bruins do apparently. They got lucky because the Flyers did a bad job capitalizing on the situation. However, they still ended up losing in a shootout. I’m not sure what Halak’s deal is with coming so far out of the net when he’s about to be shot on but he clearly wasn’t set and ready for Farabree’s shot.
Why is that not a goal? I'd like an actual explanation #NHLBruins
— Mary Evers (@For_Evers_Young) November 11, 2019
Now I do have an issue with the called back goal. Not because it was called back but because of how the officials handled the situation. For a lot of people, it looked a lot like it should have been a good goal. It would have been nice to get an explanation as to why the call was made and why there was no call on the ice. Unfortunately, we all just had to wait until the second intermission to have the NESN analysts actually show us what happened.
The Bruins will (hopefully) look to bounce back tomorrow against the Florida Panthers. One thing to worry about going into this game is whether or not Torey Krug will be available. The defensemen left last nights game with a upper body injury and did not practice this morning.
~Mary Evers (@For_Evers_Young)