Bruins remain in last place after latest loss to Habs
|10.29.11 at 9:46 pm ET|
The Bruins didn’t do much to move out of last palce Saturday at Bell Centre, as they fell to the Canadiens, 4-2, and dropped their conference-worst record to 3-7-0.
The Bruins fell behind late in the first period when Brian Gionta and Lars Eller scored within 26 seconds of one another. They took a 3-0 lead on a David Desharnais power-play goal in the second period before Milan Lucic got the Bruins on the board. Tyler Seguin made it 3-2 with less than a minute remaining, but Tomas Plekanec put the game away with an empty-netter. Tuukka Rask took the loss for the B’s, dropping his record to 0-3-0 on the season. The Bruins have scored just three goals for Rask in his three starts his season.
The B’s will host the Senators on Tuesday at TD Garden.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– The B’s failed to take advantage of 56 seconds of 5-on-3 play in the third period. Penalties to Eller and Gionta put the B’s in good position to get back in the game while trailing by two, but a it post by David Krejci and a foolish penalty (see below) prevented them from doing any damage.
– Horton once again took an astonishingly ill-timed penalty with the Bruins trying to grasp momentum for their comeback. After Eller’s penalty expired in the third period, the B’s still had a man-advantage to try to make it a one-goal game, but Horton cross-checked Hal Gill in a fit of frustration. This is the same Horton who killed the Bruins’ momentum in the third period against the Hurricanes earlier this month by socking Tim Gleason and taking a roughing double-minor.
– The Bruins were sucked in P.K Subban’s game, making their bid for a comeback that much harder to complete. With the B’s down a man, Andrew Ference gave the Habs defenseman a little shove to the head at 10:25 of the second period, which landed Ference in the box for roughing. Late in the period, Lucic slashed Subban, and the second-year player milked it enough to get a power play out of it. Say what you want about the way he embellishes, but Subban gives his opponents the option to react to his antics. On a night in which the B’s needed to be focused, they chose wrong.
– The Bruins hit a pair of posts in the first period, with both Rich Peverley and Brad Marchand striking iron when trying to beat price stick-side. Krejci hit the same post during the Bruins’ 5-on-3 in the third period.
– Speaking of Marchand, the silence continues from the second-year winger. Marchand has no points over the last six games, and the opportunities haven’t been as plentiful. The 23-year-old said entering the season that his intention was to get more pucks on net this season, but he had no shots on goal Saturday to follow Thursday’s one-shot effort. Julien took him off the second line late in the game in favor of Daniel Paille.
– Lars Eller continues to be a thorn in Rask’s side. The young Habs winger has two goals in the first period on March 8 last season against Rask, and added another in the first period Saturday to make it 2-0. It was ultimately an up-and-down night for Eller, who by this scribe’s count could have easily had four goals, and in addition to causing the turnover that led to the Bruins’ goal, also took the Habs’ first penalty of the night in the third period.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– At least the Bruins got a goal out of Claude Julien’s decision to reunite the Lucic – Krejci – Horton line. Krejci made a nice play by poking at Eller’s stick enough to make a giveaway to Horton possible. Horton then dished it to Lucic, who beat Price for his third goal of the year. For a team that desperately needs its offense to get going, having a first line that actually looks like a first line would be big.