Snowed under


Snowed under

MONTREAL Just when it seemed like it couldnt get any worse for the Bruins it totally did.

The Bruins needed to show intensity, focus and desperation, but instead walked into a hornets net at the Bell Centre and lost their seventh game of the season in 10 tries by a 4-2 count at the Bell Centre.

Tyler Seguin potted a goal with the pulled goaltender in the final minute to make things interesting, but Tomas Plekanec banged home his second goal of the night with an empty-netter to salt away the victory.

Its difficult to imagine the same roster of players and exact coaching staff suits up for the Bruins when they take to the ice against the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night at the Garden, but that will be for the Bs front office brass to determine.

The Bruins came out with some pretty good jump, but once again showed too much frustration after both Rich Peverley and Brad Marchand hit posts in the early going. The Canadiens took advantage with a pair of goals to close out the first 20 minutes. Brian Gionta tipped a Tomas Plekanec point shot past Tuukka Rask, and Lars Eller took advantage of a Nathan Horton stumble to beat the Bs goaltender high to the glove side.

Montreal continued the Bs pre-Halloween nightmare with a David Desharnais power play rebound goal off an Andrew Ference retaliation penalty while jostling with P.K. Subban behind the net.

Milan Lucic got the Bruins on the board in the second period off a Lars Eller turnover in the Montreal zone for his third goal of the season, but the Bruins didnt have enough in the end.

GOLD STAR: Tomas Plekanec finished up with a pair of points and set up Montreals first goal with a perfectly placed shot from the high point with traffic in front. Then he finished out the Bs scoring with an empty netter that finally closed down the Bruins in the third period. Plekanec led the Habs with 21:45 of ice time on a night when he played steady hockey from the center position and made plays all over the ice for Montreal as the games best player out there. Its rare for an opponent to get top billing in the Talking Points, but Plekanec deserved it.

HONORABLE MENTION: Dennis Seidenberg played 26:19 and was the only plus-1 with four blocked shots and three hits in a solid game for the Bruins that once again showed the defensemans all-around value. He was the only Bs player with a positive rating for the evening and there was extremely good reasons for that while so many other players around succumbed to frustration or bad judgment. Its too bad hes not racking up more points because Seidenberg is still playing a pretty good brand of hockey for the Bruins.

BLACK EYE: Nathan Horton finished with a single shot on net and an assist in 13:31, but missed multiple open nets while taking a long time to get his shot off in front of a group of Montreal defenders jumping in front of pucks. To make matters worse Horton became frustrated in the third period after wrestling with 6-foot-7 behemoth Hal Gill in front of the net, and took an extremely ill-timed penalty when the Bruins were attempting to come back in the third period. Paired with his penalty in the third period meltdown against Carolina, Horton is showing a really alarming propensity to take bad penalties at the worst possible time.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins had the play flowing their way early in the first period, but once again couldnt finish off plays while watching Rich Peverley and Brad Marchand ring posts. Then the Bruins got out of their system of attack, started playing ragged hockey and found themselves down 2-0 while taking bad penalty after bad penalty with the occasional blown call tossed in there for good measure. The pattern of losing games has to stop before it drives everyone around the Bs mad.

BY THE NUMBERS: 1 the number of goals per game that the Boston Bruins are supporting Tuukka Rask with in three starts this season. Not exactly a scoring bonanza for the Finnish netminder.

QUOTE TO NOTE: When we all get on the same page and we start trusting each other... that's when things will get better. There is hesitation in our play right now." - Claude Julien talking about some of the more basic problems he sees affecting his hockey club right.

Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team


Thursday, Oct. 27: Chara top D-man on All-Graybeard team

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while saying RIP Vine but not really feeling it since it’s a rabbit hole I never really delved down into. 

*Down Goes Brown celebrates the “NHL’s old guys”, and yes, that means a gratuitous shout out to Zdeno Chara as the top defenseman on the All-Graybeard squad. 

*Hampus Lindholm has signed a long term deal with the Anaheim Ducks, so now that deal leaves everybody to wonder who is leaving the Anaheim roster in the eventual salary cap crunch. It will be interesting to see if this hastens any Cam Fowler trade talk as far as the Bruins are concerned because it looks like they need the help.  

*Pro Hockey Talk has the Oilers off to their best start since the Wayne Gretzky Era and people in Edmonton finally getting to see the hockey they’ve been waiting for over the past few years. 

*In honor of the Halloween season that we’re in, here are a few cool and scary goalie masks with a bit of spooky flair. 

*Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka is confident that his young team is going to rebound after a rough start to the season. 

*Speaking of creative uniforms, it’s a most wonderful time of the year for hockey when they bust out their Oktoberfest sweaters. 

*For something completely different: this matchup of Peanuts and Stranger Things hits all the right notes for fans of both. 


Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?


Goalie update: Tuukka Rask dealing with hamstring AND groin injury?

While the good news is that it doesn’t appear that Tuukka Rask is dealing with a knee injury, there are still some significant muscular issues to work with concerning his left leg. 

According to former Bruins defenseman and NHL analyst Aaron Ward on CSN’s Great American Hockey Show podcast, the Bruins franchise goaltender has been dealing with a hamstring issue that’s also become a hamstring and groin issue as he tried to play through in the first week of the season. Rask clearly tweaked something in his left leg opening night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, missed the Saturday night loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs and then appeared to aggravate the injury in last week’s win over the New Jersey Devils. 

According to Ward, it’s hamstring and groin issues for Rask as the Bruins attempt to survive without him while potentially working toward a possible return for the Finnish netminder this weekend vs. the Red Wings. Rask hasn’t skated with the Bruins since finishing out the 2-1 win over the Devils last Thursday night, and tweaking the problematic left leg in the process. 

“What I was told is that it was left leg, and that at first it was hamstring and now it’s possibly hamstring and groin,” said Ward to CSN Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty on the Great American Hockey Show podcast. “You’re always concerned when you’re a goalie and it’s your legs, right? It’s the push-off. The crazy part was watching it on video where the shoot came from the left side and went wide, and the next time he injures it shot comes from the same spot, misses it wide and [Rask] is in the exact same position wincing.

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“I think [the Bruins] are smart rather than trying to play a guy that’s 90, 80 or 70 percent, whatever it is, to just get it over with. Endure the short term pain to get the greater gain, and that’s having Rask in there. There’s no greater endorsement to keep him out than seeing the [bad losses without him] because you need a healthy Tuukka to let the rest of the team settle.”

It’s been disastrous without Rask, of course, as the Bruins have allowed 11 goals in back-to-back losses to the Wild and Rangers with rookies Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre between the pipes, and Anton Khudobin out for three weeks while sporting a cast on his right hand in the last B’s game at TD Garden. 

Meanwhile, Rask (3-0-0, 1.67 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage) is trying to heal and time it perfectly so he returns once he’s past the danger of potentially blowing out the muscles in his left leg and making the situation even worse than it already might be. 

Ward also discusses his relationship with "Toucher & Rich" and the "Cuts for a Cause" charitable event that he helped start.