Interesting piece where a columnist for Bruce Allen wonders where the outrage is after the Bruins lost to the Capitals in the first round. The reasons for the loss (lack of offense for forwards, bad Game 5 for Tim Thomas and overall emotionalmental fatigue from last years Cup run manifesting as lack of energy and physicality) have been well-documented, but the simple fact is people wont get worked up after winning last year. Also bringing teams making multiple appearances in the conference finals where many of them were quickly smoked in four or five games as proof the Bruins should have worked deeper into the playoffs after winning the Cup is pretty faulty logic. Theres a big difference between bowing out quickly in a conference finals appearances and playing in three seven-game series en route to the Cup.
Alex Ovechkin knows he needs to be better in Game 2 against the Rangers after failing to register as a presence in the first game.
A nice look at Erik Karlssons rise to greatness in his second NHL season with the Ottawa Senators.
Gary Roberts comes to the defense of Cody Hodgson when hes slammed by Mike Gillies, and there may have been some healthy swipes at the Vancouver GM in there.
Frequent sparring partner Cam Charron takes a look at the clutchness of Danny Briere in his playoff performances for the Flyers.
The CBA will be a much-discussed topic this summer, and the Pittsburgh Tribune takes a look at some of the things at play between the NHLPA and the league.
The story of Chris Kreider blazing a trail from Boston Colleges Chestnut Hill to a key role for the Rangers in their playoff ruin, as told by the New York Post.
Slava Voynov is a rising star for the Los Angeles Kings, and hes making his presence felt for an LA team thats impressed mightily.
Predators coach Barry Trotz comes to the defense of goaltender Pekka Rinne, and says that his defensemen need to do a better job as Nashville searches for their footing.
For something completely different: Perez Hilton looks at the most charitable stars in Hollywood.
GOLD STAR: Take your pick: Steve Ott, Drew Miller and Luke Glendening torched the Bruins with veteran savvy and toughness against a very young defensemen unit trying to survive in the second preseason game. Ott and Glendening each scored a goal and finished with three points, and Miller finished with a goal and two points while all three forwards had a plus-3 rating for the night. All of their goals came off winning battles, crashing the net and taking advantage of defensive miscues. The goals provided a good lesson to the young kids that have a ways to go before they’re NHL ready at this point in their careers. It certainly must have been a kick to the stones to many Bruins fans when “Brave” Steve Ott was named the No. 1 Star of the game after it was all over, but that was certainly appropriate.
BLACK EYE: Adam McQuaid was the most experienced defensemen out on the ice for the Bruins on Wednesday night, and it was a rough night for him with so many young guys around him on the back end. McQuaid finished a minus-2 in 17:41 with a couple of hits and got a little better as the game was going on, but was on ice for two of the first three goals allowed to Detroit in a really lackluster middle section of the game. In general, it was about more than just one player, though. There were blown assignments in the D-zone and some really noticeable lost battles leading to scoring chances for a Red Wings group that aggressively took it to the Bruins. This is a game that will leave the Bruins coaches with plenty of video material moving forward.
TURNING POINT: The real slippage came early in the game when the Bruins failed to score on some good power play chances for Peter Mueller and Matt Beleskey, and then allowed two goals within 19 seconds of each other in the first period. The first goal was a PP one for the Red Wings with Ryan Spooner whistled for a face-off infraction, and the second was simply the Bruins falling asleep at the wheel just seconds after the first goal was scored. Lost battles led to a bang-bang play in front with Steve Ott scoring as Malcolm Subban was turned around looking for the puck, and the B’s were reeling headed into the first intermission. Only a Subban shoulder save kept it from being 3-0 at the end of the first, and that was something the B’s never seemed to rebound from.
HONORABLE MENTION: Austin Czarnik scored the B’s only goal off a nice play from Ryan Spooner driving toward the net, and continues to put together another strong training camp after doing the same thing last season. Czarnik finished with the goal, three shots on net and six shot attempts in 17:38 of ice time, and battled back from a rough start to go 6-for-12 in the face-off circle while centering an extremely young line with Sean Kuraly and Zach Senyshyn. While Czarnik might not have been a big name when talking about an open roster spot with the Bruins a couple of weeks ago, he’s pushed toward making himself a part the conversation with his heart-filled, high effort energetic performances for the Black and Gold.
BY THE NUMBERS: 4-for-16 was the final tally for Ryan Spooner in the face-off circle as he continues to be a work-in-progress on the draw.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “Maybe I was a little bit shocked first going out there. The speed of the game is noticeably faster, but I think as time went on I got more comfortable out there. Hopefully I can build off that moving forward.” – Bruins rookie D-man Matt Grzelcyk on his first NHL preseason game being a bit of a big wakeup call.
BOSTON – The Bruins are clearly getting the kinks out a couple of games into the preseason.
The B’s defense struggled all night, and allowed 39 shots on net and five goals in a 5-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings at TD Garden. The loss provides plenty of video material for the Boston coaching staff to look at over the next few days.
The Bruins actually started off well in the opening half of the first period, but then the bottom fell out when they couldn’t cash in on a power play chance. That led to a Ryan Spooner face-off penalty and then the Wings scoring on the power play to get things going. The Winged Wheels then scored on a Drew Miller-to-Steve Ott connection 19 seconds later to double Detroit’s lead, and really showed some collapse for the Bruins group on the ice Wednesday night.
Impressive youngster Austin Czarnik scored in the second period after a nice feed from Ryan Spooner crashing to the net, but that was the lone highlight for the Black and Gold against a Detroit team that was ready to go. Luke Glendening scored on a play right in front of the net in the second period as well, and Anthony Mantha made it a 4-0 lead for Detroit until Czarnik cracked the score sheet with his first goal of the preseason.
Drew Miller added a goal in the third period when Linus Arnesson vacated the front of the net to leave it wide open for the NHL veteran, and that was a pretty symbolic play for a Bruins group that never got a defensive foothold all evening.