After winning their last six games in a row, the Boston Bruins dropped one in regulation to the Montreal Canadiens. This was only the Bruins second regulation loss of the season but it almost didn’t turn out that way. After a called back goal in the third period because of a bad offside call, the Bruins lost the opportunity to push the game to OT.
How dare Charlie Coyle cheat to gain an unfair advantage pic.twitter.com/cioKoe6X29
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) November 6, 2019
Though like many others Bruins fans, I did think the offside call and the inevitable no goal call that followed it was a bad call, I will not tell you that it was the reason they lost. Though the Canadiens were behind the Bruins in the standings going into last night’s matchup, they have been a very offensively productive team so far. Unfortunately the Bruins’ defense and goalie were not ready for it.
Now, in their defense, this was game two of a back to back with travel from Boston to Montreal. However, Rask did not start the day before and the offense did not use the rough few days as a reason to take some time off. David Pastrnak extended his point streak to 13 games, now boasting 15 goals and 30 points over all.
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) November 6, 2019
Another positive spot for this game was that three of the four goals came from players who are not on the Bruins’ so called “Perfection Line”. Also scoring in this game was defenseman Connor Clifton, Sean Kuraly, and Providence call up Anders Bjork. From the beginning of this season, fans had been asking for Bjork to be called up and when he was, he did not disappoint. Hopefully we’ll see a continued growth in the other three lines as well as continued dominance from the first line.
One other big storyline from last night was about the big man himself, Zdeno Chara. The 42 year-old defenseman played his 1500th career game in the NHL, becoming the 21st player to reach that milestone and only the 6th defensemen to do it. While it would have been nice to pull out a win for the captain, the moment was no less special for him. For the last few seasons, the Bruins have been extending Chara’s contract on a year-by-year basis so there is no telling if this will be his last season or not so far. For now, we’ll just have to guess if him or his age counterpart on the Patriots will be the first to retire.
The Bruins have a few days off now before heading to Detroit to play the Red Wings on Friday night.
~Mary Evers (@For_Evers_Young)