Bruins shut out by Avalanche for first loss of season
|10.10.13 at 9:41 pm ET|
After scoring in every game last season, the Bruins suffered their first loss of the 2013-14 season in the form of a Jean-Sebastien Giguere shutout and 2-0 Avalanche win. The loss dropped the B’s to 2-1-0 on the season, while Patrick Roy is off to a 4-0-0 start in his first season as an NHL head coach.
The difference-maker came with 40 seconds remaining in the first period, when an Andre Benoit wrist shot from the point on the power play deflected off Ryan O’Reilly’s stick and past Tuukka Rask. Matt Duchene added and empty-netter with 25.7 seconds left.
The Bruins weren’t able to score on a 4-on-3 with under eight minutes to go on the game despite maintaining possession and keeping the pressure on Giguere, who gave the B’s very little throughout the night as far as rebounds went.
WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS
– O’Reilly’s goal was the first power play goal the Bruins have allowed this season. The good news for the Bruins’ penalty kill is that it’s still scored more goals (two) than it’s allowed, as the B’s scored two shorties in the season-opener last Thursday against the Lightning. On the season, the B’s are 10-for-11 on the PK with a pair of goals.
– The Avalanche made out like bandits in a scrum in the final minute of the second period, as a pile of offsetting roughing penalties was topped with a Milan Lucic 10-minute misconduct for giving Gabriel Landeskog an extra shove.
With Lucic essentially out for the first half of the third period, Daniel Paille took the left wing shifts on the first line.
– Colorado seemed to get more clean looks at Rask than either the Lightning or the Red Wings. The B’s certainly did a better job in the Detroit game of getting sticks on pucks around Rask’s net, but the increased chances for Colorado didn’t yield any more scoring.
– Loui Eriksson doesn’t have a point through his first three games as a Bruin, and on Thursday he was called for a big no-no around these parts when he was sent off for embellishing a third-period hook by PA Parenteau.
WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS
– It was another strong game for the Bruins’ third line, with the trio generating a number of scoring chances. Reilly Smith put in some hard work in the corners on a first-period shift in which he fed Chris Kelly at the right circle, only to see Kelly’s shot clank off the post. A third-period play nearly saw Jordan Caron score his second goal of the season after toe-dragging around a laid-out Avalanche player, but Giguere was able to glove it.
– You certainly can’t blame Rask for the loss, as he is off to a fine start thus far. Rask has allowed one goal in each of the Bruins’ first three games and deserved a better fate on Thursday night.