Marchand doesn't finish game vs. Leafs

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Marchand doesn't finish game vs. Leafs

TORONTO Brad Marchand didnt finish the game after taking a tumble into the boards in the second period of Saturday nights win, but Claude Julien said he was taken out largely for precautionary purposes.

The play in question was in the middle of the second period as the Bs agitator crashed the net down with the left wing with Toronto defenseman Mike Komisarek riding on his back. Marchand tripped over a piece of goaltender James Reimers equipment and went crashing into the end boards with his shoulder, neck and back taking the brunt of the collision.

The play continued and finally stopped on a Tyler Seguin goal that was waved off as incidental contact goaltender interference based on the original play with Marchand. But the left wing skated over to the bench hunched over and in obvious pain. He skated a shift or two more and then was replaced by Gregory Campbell on the line with Patrice Bergeron and Tyler Seguin. Marchand never came out with the team for the third period and its too early for Julien to really have any good idea whether the winger will be able to suit up against Montreal at the Bell Centre on Wednesday night.

It wasnt to the point where he couldnt have played in a pinch and he wanted to stay in, but Im going back to what Ive said from the beginning, said Julien. It was a precautionary move on our part where we said rather than make it worse, lets pull him back.

We dont want to lose players for the long term to injury by pushing players through minor ones. We hope that after he gets reevaluated and things settle down that hell be better quickly. We dont want to lose players long term so sometimes were going to be over-cautious.

Expect the Nose Face Killah to be announced as day-to-day with an upper body injury in the parlance of our hockey times once the Bruins regroup back at their home base on Sunday.

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

BOSTON – The Bruins simply weren’t ready to play on Thursday night when the puck was dropped against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. 

They fell down quickly by a 2-0 score, had a couple of completely inept power plays in the first period that sucked all the game’s momentum away from them and received some subpar goaltending from Anton Khudobin on the way to a 4-2 loss to the lowly Avs. About the only B’s person above reproach in this one was David Pastrnak after scoring a pair of goals in the second period to get Boston back into the game, but it all fell short in a very frustrating, lackadaisical loss to a Western Conference team that isn’t very good. 

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Needless to say B’s coach Claude Julien wasn’t too happy after a loss where the Bruins might have had more success with a smarter approach to holding the puck. 

“There were a lot of problematic things [in the loss]. No doubt that the power play could have helped us in the first period, and failed to do that. They’ve got to be better,” said Julien. “We needed some saves tonight, and we didn’t get them. [Anton Khudobin] has got to be better. 

“A lot of things here that we can be better at, and take responsibility [for]. But at the same time, you got to move on here.  It’s one of those nights that had we been smarter from the get go, we would have had a chance.”

Clearly it was about a lacking group effort when dissecting the loss, and the minus-3 for David Krejci on Thursday night marked back-to-back negative performances from the playmaking Czech center in big spots. The goaltending was shoddy with Anton Khudobin allowing four goals on 22 shots for Colorado, and unable to make plays on a couple of Colorado shots from outside the painted area that built up the Avs lead in the first place. 

But it was also very much about the inability of the Bruins to generate consistent offense outside of David Pastrnak’s offensive burst in the second period, and the complete breakdown of the Boston power play in the opening 20 minutes. The Bruins struggled to enter the zone in their first PP possession of the game, and then allowed a Nathan MacKinnon shorthanded goal after Torey Krug futilely dove at the blue line to try and keep the puck in the offensive zone. 

The Krug misplay at the offensive blue line gave MacKinnon a clear path the net, and he buried a wrist shot past Khudobin to get the one-sided loss rolling. Beyond the costly mistakes that ended up in the back of the net, the Bruins looked sloppy and slow-reacting in their breakouts and more than willing to settle for outside perimeter shots.

That doesn’t exactly make for a winning combo even when it comes against a flawed, underachieving team like Colorado, and especially when it comes less than 24 hours after a hard-fought road game in Washington DC. 

“I think we were still sleeping there early in the game and they were able to capitalize on their opportunities. We couldn’t claw our way back,” said Brad Marchand, who picked up an assist on David Pastrnak’s second goal of the night on a perfect dish for the one-timer. “I think it was definitely a mental [block]. You’re able to battle through that physical fatigue. It was more the mental mistakes and not being prepared right off the hop of the start of the game. Again, that’s kind of where we lost it.”

The sleepwalking Bruins lost Thursday night’s valuable two points as soon as the opening puck was dropped against the Avalanche, of course, and the Bruins never got out of lollygag mode at a time when intensity should have been automatic.