Bruins Shut Out 2-0 by Colorado

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The Bruins have had their fair share of recent struggles against the Colorado Avalanche.  The Bruins have not beaten the Avalanche in Boston in their last 7 games against them. In that stretch of 7 games, the Bruins are 0-5-1-1.  That winless streak is the most for the Bruins against any of the other teams they’ve faced in NHL.  Tonight was the first time that two teams squared off since October 10, 2011.

After four days of not facing any game action, the Bruins came out of the gate a bit lagged.  They were unable to find a groove until midway through the first period.

Two minutes into the game, the Bruins went on the power play.  They weren’t able to capitalize on the opportunity as Jamie McGinn was sent to the box.  During the power play, the Bruins had one lone shot.  The Avalanche ended up nearly scoring short handed on a MacKinnion and O’Reilly 2-1 breakaway.

As the game wore on, the Bruins play improved.  They seemed to shake off any of the rust that they might have been feeling.  The Bruins gathered their skates beneath them and began to finally match both the speed and they upped their game level to Colorado’s.

The Bruins had their fair share of chances during the first period.  Kelly’s line was once again consistent like it has been for the first two games of the season.  A shot off of Kelly’s stick rattled the post.  Boychuk also had a rocket of a shot that blasted off the post a few minutes later.  Boychuk’s drive came on the second Boston power play of the night. It was one of the best chances the Bruins had in the first frame.

The first goal of the game came at 19:20 during a David Krejci penalty.  Colorado had a break as Benoit shot and O’Reilly tipped his shot into the net past Rask.  The Avalanche went up 1-0 and led Boston in shots on goal during the first period 14-10.  The power play goal was the first one that the B’s have allowed on the season.

In the second period, the Bruins were unable to unravel the mystery of Avalanche net minder: Jean-Sebastien Giguere.  Giguere was on tonight as he stopped everything that came his way.

Goaltending proved to be the difference maker.  The Bruins kept the pressure on Giguere throughout the night.  There were notable scoring chances in the second period off the sticks of both Paille and Lucic.

Shawn Thornton dropped the gloves with Patrick Bordeleau.  The Garden rumbled as Thorty headed to the box to serve his second fighting major of the young season.

Milan Lucic tried to get into a bout with Gabriel Landeskog towards the end of the second.  But, the captain, Landeskog refused to go with Lucic.  The two shouted back and forth at one another for a while before Lucic became fired up and pushed Landeskog.  The shove earned Lucic a trip to the sin bin and he had to serve a lengthy 10-minute misconduct penalty.

The second period wound down with the Bruins leading shots on goal: 20-25.  They were still in the 1-0 hole despite all of the scoring chances that came in the second period.  Nothing seemed to work against Giguere, no matter what the Bruins offered him.  He was dominate in the net, turning away shot after shot as he completely robbed the Bruins.

Paille slid into Lucic’s empty slot on the first line to begin the final period while Lucic was still in the box.  The Bruins still were unable to get anything into the net.  Bergeron was called for a tripping penalty in the third that the Bruins killed.

The Bruins best chance of the third came perhaps on a 4-3 power play.  They drove shot after shot at the net but Giguere simply said “no” and turned each one away.

The Avalanche nearly scored again as two of Duchene’s shots deflected off of the left goalpost and then the right, as he was able to quickly muster up a rebound.  Bruins fans held their breath in anticipation and then exhaled as neither of the two shots went in.

Tuukka was pulled with a minute left in the game, and Duchene was finally able to get the goal that he had sought for earlier.  He was able to streak past Bergeron and send the puck into the empty net making it 2-0.  It was the final goal of the game, and the Bruins didn’t have any time left to work with.

The Avalanche won their 4th game of the season 2-0 against the Bruins to improve to 4-0 on the year. The Bruins slipped to 2-1.

The Bruins loss tonight was not due to any lack of effort.  There were many positives to take from their game.  Their power play seemed to come together as time wore on and they were able to drive shots towards the net.  Rask was strong in net as he made 29 saves and only allowed the one power play goal in the first.  They played hard and simply were unable to beat Giguere who picked up his 37th shutout of his career.  If it had not been for Giguere, the Bruins might have won the game based on the scoring chances that they rallied throughout the night.

The Bruins head on the road to Columbus as they look to rebound against the Blue Jackets in a 2 pm day matinee.

 

Rachel Murphy – NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

Follow along with Rachel on Twitter: @rembostonsports

 

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