Bruins mistakes costly yet again
If there’s been one common theme through the Bruins first two games of the 2015-16 season, it’s that more times than not when the Bruins make a mistake, the puck ends up in the back of their net.
“No, I mean, it’s two second periods in a row. I think it’s more about our game itself, the mistakes that are being made” head coach Claude Julien said after his team’s second straight loss. “I know where those mistakes are being made, and I’ve got to try and work with those situations and try to make them better.”
Most of those mistakes Julien is talking about are coming in their own end. Just 1:25 into the game, Canadiens forward David Desharnais was allowed to skate right in to camp out right in front of Bruins’ goalie Tuukk Rask, only to bury his first goal of the season moments later.
Later in the game with the Bruins trailing by two, Matt Irwin’s failed attempt to clear the puck out of the zone resulted in the Canadiens third goal of the game and the eventual game winner off the stick of Lars Eller.
“It’s self –inflicted I think, especially you look at tonight and these are all mistakes that we can easily correct” said defensemen Torey Krug who logged a team high 23:05 of ice time Saturday night. “We go to the drawing board and figure it out. Next time we’ll be ready.
Through two games the Bruins have been outscored 10-4 and haven’t shown many—if any, positives in their two losses. With a date against the defending Eastern Conference champions on the horizon for Monday, things are not going to get any easier for the Black and Gold.
Well it’s important because we look at the mistakes that we’re making and they’re all things that we can correct. So if we think that we’re not good enough to win hockey games, then we’re in trouble” Krug added.
“But I know this group in here isn’t going to get discouraged, you know that’s the leaders we have in here and the type of players that we have and the type of people that you bring into this locker room. So by no means are we discouraged. We’ve just got to go learn and work through this thing.”
Not much has gone the Bruins way through two games. From costly turnovers to missed opportunities to goals being disallowed when they should have counted, the Bruins already have an uphill battle to face.
Things won’t get any better for a young Bruins team until they can identify and correct their mistakes, even then, it may not be enough.
The Bruins blue-line is a mess, even with Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg healthy the Bruins blue-line lacks depth. Heading into the season, the Bruins defense was identified as their biggest problem, but thus far it’s been worse than expected.
Cutting down the mistakes and getting back to basics will help the Bruins inch closer towards getting things back on track. Putting forth a 60-minute effort will help too.
Matt Beleskey celebrates with David Pasternak after scoring his first goal of the season and first as a Boston Bruin. (Photo credit: Joe Makarski/Bruins Daily)
“Yeah I think we’ve yet to put together a 60 minute performance together. You know, you can’t let up for five or 10 minutes in a game” said forward Matt Beleskey who scored his first goal as a Bruin in the second period of Saturday’s loss.
“You know, they get two goals. They get a goal back on you and it’s tough to climb back out of those holes. We’ve just got to focus on playing a full 60 minutes.”
The Bruins know there’s nothing they can do to fix what’s already been done, they can only make things better and move on from here. Luckily for them, they have the chance to do that in less than 48 hours.
“Yeah it’s one game at a time. We play in, I don’t know, 36 hours, not even. So we have a chance to bounce back and forget about this game” said forward Max Talbot.
“It’s obviously four points that we would like to have, but we don’t have them right now. We’ve got to work for Tampa right now, think about the next game, and come out stronger.”
Hear what Torey Krug and Matt Beleskey had to say about the mistakes made in Saturday’s loss: