December 5, 2023


The Bruins’ first lack of the season got here in a recreation they need to’ve gained.

Linus Ullmark gave up 4 targets within the Bruins’ loss to the Geese on Thursday. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Workers

When the Boston Bruins wanted a well timed clear, they couldn’t get it.

Even with Patrick Brown’s penalty late within the third interval, the Bruins remained in prime place for 2 factors. Their penalty kill saved Anaheim in test for 2 minutes.

Brown joined an exhausted PK shortly after his penalty expired. The determined Geese took benefit, pulling inside one on Leo Carlsson’s second objective of the season with 1:55 left in regulation.

The Bruins failed to determine possession on the following shift. The Geese pounced once more with a little bit over 14 ticks remaining after Troy Terry tipped Sam Carrick’s wrist shot previous Linus Ullmark for the equalizer to drive additional time.

Jim Montgomery’s membership overcame a gradual opening 20 minutes of play, taking a 3-1 lead after 40 behind Charlie Coyle’s power-play tip, Matt Grzelcyk’s one-timer, and a David Pastrnak tap-in. However they may solely salvage one level for his or her effort.

After giving Anaheim the 1-0 lead earlier within the evening, Mason McTavish bookended Anaheim’s 4-3 comeback victory together with his game-winner within the 3-on-3 further session.

The Bruins encountered a number of scoring bids and clear makes an attempt to place Thursday’s tilt out of attain. As an alternative, they left TD Backyard scratching their heads.

“It’s inexcusable,” Montgomery stated after the Bruins dropped to 6-0-1. “You possibly can’t be up 3-1 with 5 minutes left after which quit the tying objective to enter additional time.”

Right here’s what we discovered from Boston’s collapse in opposition to the Geese.

The Bruins opted for finesse in crunch time.

The final additional time ending on Causeway Avenue earlier than Thursday additionally didn’t pan out effectively for the Bruins. And like that collapse in opposition to Florida almost six months in the past, the failure to alleviate the stress within the defensive zone and the shortcoming to increase leads got here again to hang-out the Bruins.

Certainly, a seventh recreation of an everyday season doesn’t match the stakes of a Sport 7 of any playoff collection. However on this occasion, they’ll have a possibility to evaluate the injury by way of movie and observe.

“We simply wanted to get one clear and bear down a little bit bit,” Grzelcyk stated. It wasn’t for a scarcity of effort, however [we needed] higher execution for an opportunity to get a breather and make them regroup a bit and arrange on them and make it robust on them. However we weren’t ready to do this, and it’s clearly unlucky.”

It’s not as if the Bruins didn’t encounter success this 12 months closing out video games in crunch time. They’ve netted a pair of empty netters over their first seven video games, with their most up-to-date insurance coverage tally coming in opposition to the Geese 4 nights in the past.

The Bruins acquired well timed clears previously. However Thursday additionally offered a studying lesson, particularly relating to capturing for the empty web.

As a rule, Montgomery’s bunch opted for performs alongside the partitions and in open ice to get the puck out of their defensive finish within the final 5 minutes. A younger and expert Geese squad saved attacking, offering restricted area for the Bruins to play the puck excessive on the glass for simpler clearing makes an attempt or skate out of the zone and into heart ice for a extra high quality take a look at the open cage.

“Earlier than the purple line, when you have no play and also you’re pressured, you may as effectively go for the empty web and get an icing as a result of that’s what often occurs,” Montgomery stated. “Should you attempt to finesse it, it’s going to remain in our finish. And I assumed we tried to finesse it a few instances, and so they simply saved it within the blue line.”

The Bruins hardly finessed their option to a 3-1 lead within the second. However they couldn’t put Thursday’s contest out of attain.

Boston’s offense failed to increase the lead past 3-1.

After a gradual opening 20, the Bruins discovered their skating legs and established a wholesome attacking zone rhythm.

Coyle’s energy play tap-in – proper after Pastrnak whiffed on a one-timer – bought the Bruins off and working simply 1:41 into the center body.

The Bruins took a 2-1 lead a mere 1:20 afterward Matt Grzlecyk’s one-timer throughout a 4v4 sequence. Matthew Poitras’ puck possession prowess and Charlie McAvoy’s feed promptly led to Boston receiving its first objective of the season from a defenseman.

Pastrnak capped off the three-goal second after scoring on his personal rebound on the 16:40 mark.

However the Bruins may’ve scored extra. They fired 24 of their 30 photographs on objective over the ultimate 40 minutes of play. Between the a number of bids by Pastrnak, the prolonged possibilities to capitalize on odd-man rushes, and Johnny Beecher hitting the publish within the second on an open web, the Bruins couldn’t lengthen their lead throughout pivotal moments.

“We may’ve prolonged the result in 4-1 or 5-1,” Montgomery stated. “We had many alternatives to do it and we didn’t end the sport.”

Maybe the Bruins bought a little bit complacent. In any case, they got here from behind within the third behind Poitras’ breakthrough outing to down the Geese 4 nights prior.

“I feel we did sit again a little bit bit and bought a little bit too snug there,” Grzelcyk stated. “They’ve lots of ability – particularly on the highest two strains – in order that they’re going to maintain coming it doesn’t matter what.”

Or perhaps that is one other signal that Boston’s scoring manufacturing stays a piece in progress.

For a workforce in transition, the Bruins fared fairly effectively over their first seven video games — all in opposition to the Western Convention. However they’ll face a tough slate with an improved Pink Wings bunch, a pesky Panthers squad, and the powered Leafs coming to TD Backyard over the subsequent week.

Certainly, the “work in progress” offense might want to showcase a little bit extra enchancment in the course of the three-game stretch.

“Scoring on the whole I feel goes to be a little bit little bit of a piece in progress,” Montgomery stated. “Defensively, we’ve been fairly good. Offensively we’re getting higher. You see it coming, nevertheless it’s clearly … off the push particularly, we’re not the place we must be.”