Period One: Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Capitals locked in a scoreless tie after the first 20 minutes from Game 5 at TD Garden.
1) Unrelated to the game, but anybody that thinks 25 games was a harsh penalty for Raffi Torres just doesnt get it.
2) Bruins with another 0-for-2 on the power play in the first period to bring them to 0-for-14 in the series. Bruins actually had some good looks in the first, but couldnt get anything to fall.
3) Two posts for the Bruins with Zdeno Chara ringing iron on a power play one-timer attempt and Daniel Paille also zinging one off the post after a shorthanded breakaway attempt. Bruins getting close, but still need to fight the frustration of failing to score.
4) Zdeno Chara took an elbow to the back of the head at the end of the first period from Jason Chimera. Things are getting a little nasty out there.
5) Patrice Bergeron, Chara, Marchand among players moving with plenty of hop and jump this afternoon against the Capitals. Bruins outhitting the Capitals by a 14-5 margin in the first period.
BOSTON – Some nights are emotional, come-from-behind efforts full of hope and energy that the Bruins have turned a corner, and then others are like Thursday night’s slog against the Colorado Avalanche.
The majority of the Bruins simply didn’t show up to start the game, and most of them never really fully showed up in a 4-2 loss to the Avalanche at TD Garden that snapped a 4-0-2 stretch of games with points for the Black and Gold.
It all started with 4-on-4 play during the first period when Matt Duchene was allowed way too much time and space in the offensive zone, and hammered a shot past Anton Khudobin while all alone in the slot. Seven minutes later the Bruins power play was leaking oil all over the ice, and Torey Krug laid out for a puck at the blue line while he couldn’t keep possession. Instead Nathan MacKinnon beat him in a race down the ice and buried a shot past Khudobin to give Colorado a commanding, early 2-0 lead over Boston.
A John Mitchell score on a short side wrist shot off the rush to makes it a 3-0 advantage, and that’s when things turned into the David Pastrnak Show.
The 20-year-old scored a pair of goals to get the Bruins back into the game, electrify the crowd and give Pastrnak an amazing 18 goals scored in 23 games this season. The first was a breakaway after a long stretch pass from Tim Schaller connected with the dangerous Pastrnak, and the second was a bazooka one-timer off a Brad Marchand feed from the corner.
Unfortunately the Bruins couldn’t hold onto that momentum while playing at their lollygagging pace for the night, and allowed a late Carl Soderberg score late in the second period that wiped out all of their momentum.
It was a rough night all-around, and that goes for Khudobin as well while allowing four goals on 20 shots that dropped his record to 1-4-0 on the season.
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