Morning Skate: Friday, July 13


Morning Skate: Friday, July 13

Jason Botchford writes with a lot of pride about the Vancouver Canucks, and bristles at the notion from one of his former teammates that Alex Burrows biting incident played a big role in their Stanley Cup Finals loss.

It will be Detroit for Tomas Holmstrom or nothing for the Red Wings veteran next season. So he wont be coming to Boston for all those that were asking.

Jersey tough guy Cam Janssen insults just about everybody in a podcast interview during the last week.

Chris Neil will be a Senator for life, and that seems like the right thing for the Ottawa pugilist.

The Hockey News Adam Proteau says that the CBA negotiations between the NHL and the NHLPA are about much more than money.

The McGinn Brothers are looking to have a family reunion at Flyers training camp this fall.

Al Iafrates son appears to be a rebel just like his dad, and breaks an Adam Oates rule on the first day of prospect development camp.

For something completely different: Kevin Youkilis talks about how much easier life is for him now that hes moved on from Boston to the Chicago White Sox.

Two-goal night for Pastrnak not enough for Bruins in 4-2 loss to Avalanche


Two-goal night for Pastrnak not enough for Bruins in 4-2 loss to Avalanche

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.