Bruins not doing themselves any favors
Five: the amount of goals the Bruins have scored from players not named David Pastrnak, David Backes, Brad Marchand or Patrice Bergeron through five games this season.
Those aforementioned names have all appeared on the Bruins first line at some point this season as Backes was Bergeron’s replacement while Bergeron sat out for the team’s first three games of the season with a lower-body injury. It should be noted that two of those five goals have come from newcomer Dominic Moore.
Long story short: Outside of the Bruins top trio, the team is not doing itself any favors so far this season.
The power play? Non-existent.
After Saturdays 1-for-6 performance against the Montreal Canadiens, the Bruins fall to 2-for-20 with the man advantage this season. Despite a 3-2 record, it hasn’t been all too pretty for the Bruins.
“Yeah it’s kind of been a story about how things are going for us thus far. We’ve got to find a way to start playing with a lead and, you know if you don’t capitalize on your chances and you see what happens when you come out in the second period,” Torey Krug said on Saturday night. “We had another poor second period and you know it’s kind of… you got to make sure that we put our hand on that and it doesn’t become a thing for the team this year, but you see that when you don’t capitalize on chances early, that’s what’s going to happen.”
In Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Canadiens, the Bruins third line of Matt Beleskey, Riley Nash and Jimmy Hayes combined for just one shot on goal. Not enough from a team that so desperately needs help from their bottom three lines.
“Well, you need something out of them besides minuses,” head coach Claude Julien said about his third line. “I think they’re minus-five or six right now, and when you don’t produce, that’s what ends up happening, and we expect more. There’s no doubt, and we had, more or less, three lines that are creating some sort of momentum. We need them to step up there and help us out. That would make a huge difference to our team.”
Speaking of shots on goal, the Bruins managed just 21 shots against Carey Price including 14 shots on goal through two periods. The Bruins attempted 40 shots in total through the first 40 minutes.
“The only thing for me in the first period is that the amount of shots that missed the net, and the amount of shots that were blocked,” added Julien. “We need to get more shots through. We were recorded for six shots on net [in the first period], yet I think we had over 20-some attempts.”
You can officially add scoring the first goal of the game to the Bruins’ list of problems. The Bruins have failed to score first in all five of their contests this season.
Julien’s bunch was 32-13-2 when scoring first last season and 10-18-7 when allowing the first goal. It’s safe to say it’s only a matter of time before the Bruins crumble if they don’t figure out how to get on the board first.
“Absolutely. It’s definitely concerning, you want to make sure that it doesn’t become a habit,” Krug stated. “You know part of the makeup of this team has got to come out. We’ve had a couple decent starts, but we’re not scoring goals and we’re not playing with the lead, so you got to make sure we put an end to this thing.”
The Bruins didn’t give momentum a chance to get behind them at all Saturday night. Just under two minutes after Dominic Moore’s second tally of the season cut the Canadiens’ lead in half, Montreal once again extended its lead to two. Shortly after that, the Bruins enjoyment of Ryan Spooner’s first of the season was short lived thanks to Torrey Mitchel’s unassisted tally.
The 4-2 final wasn’t much of an indication of how this one went; the game was all Montreal’s. Despite allowing four goals for the second straight start, you can’t put the blame on Anton Khudobin, even though he was pretty hard on himself.
“It’s – I’m not really happy. I mean, you’re never going to be happy when you’re losing the games,” said Khudobin, who got the call in net for an injured Tuukka Rask.
“But it’s only one game. So we have to move forward and I have to play better. If I need to stop them all the next game, then I have to stop them all.”