The Bruins have been two minutes away from historical past on Thursday night time at TD Backyard.
One other win over the Geese would have secured Boston’s seventh-straight win to open the 2023-24 season, a feat by no means achieved within the Unique Six franchise’s century-long existence.
And with Boston taking to the ice with a 3-1 lead and simply two minutes left on the clock, one other two factors have been properly inside attain.
However for the primary time all season, a usually stingy Bruins squad let stated win slip by means of their grasp — resulting in disastrous outcomes.
After relinquishing simply seven whole objectives over their first six video games, Boston coughed up two objectives to a rebuilding Anaheim workforce within the span of 1:40 — setting the stage for a crushing collapse that was accomplished after Mason McTavish lit the lamp at 2:08 in extra time.
Boston was not going to run the desk over an 82-game gauntlet, after all. However to lose in a way like Thursday’s contest on Causeway Road marred what has in any other case been a robust begin for Jim Montgomery’s membership.
“Lack of poise with the puck,” Montgomery stated postgame after Boston’s 4-3 loss. “We had alternatives, I believed. I believed the sport was over twice, we put it in an empty internet. Guys whiffing on pucks, guys making an attempt to go for the open internet as an alternative of utilizing the partitions as an oblique to clear and get off the ice. That was principally it. … It’s inexcusable. You may’t be up 3-1, 5 minutes left, and find yourself tied going into extra time.”
The Bruins have been in management for many of Thursday’s sport, holding a two-goal benefit going into the second intermission and limiting Anaheim to only 17 pictures on aim over the primary 40 minutes of motion.
However a holding name towards Patrick Brown at 16:01 within the third set the stage for catastrophe. Boston’s stingy D-zone play has been capable of snuff out scoring possibilities and negate opposing power-play alternatives all season lengthy.
However that D-zone fortitude can solely stay intact if Boston’s skaters are working on contemporary legs. And after Pavel Zacha and several other different Bruins failed on a number of bids to clear the puck out of their very own finish, Anaheim’s offensive salvo was all however inevitable.
“Yeah, it’s robust,” Matt Grzelcyk stated. “We bought to discover a option to shut that out. Slightly little bit of historical past on the road there and we knew that going into the sport. It’s unlucky. You simply bought to discover a option to get a transparent.”
The Bruins, who fall to 6-0-1 on the season following Thursday’s consequence, will return to TD Backyard on Saturday for a matchup towards the 5-2-1 Pink Wings.
“Generally you could have the luck with you and generally you don’t,” Linus Ullmark stated of Thursday’s loss. “That’s simply how it’s. Hopefully get a bounce subsequent sport. We’ve bought a reasonably tight schedule up forward, so be pissed about it proper now and let it go for tomorrow.”
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