Nash takes accountability for 'selfish' penalty in Bruins overtime loss

Nash takes accountability for 'selfish' penalty in Bruins overtime loss

BOSTON – Riley Nash had his baseball hat pulled down low over his eyes when speaking in the Bruins dressing room following their 4-3 OT loss to the Ottawa Senators in Game 3 of their first round playoff series.

Nash was perhaps trying to hide his emotions following the bitter defeat when it was his roughing penalty in the extra session that led to Bobby Ryan’s power play game-winner, but it was clear he was stepping up and accepting accountability no matter the circumstances.

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“I think it was pretty selfish of me, you know…you can’t make that play,” said Nash. “[You] can’t put the refs in that position regardless of what happened before that, you’ve just got to [take it]. It’s pretty tough for the boys.

“It’s been a pretty physical series all three games, so we’ve had some good runs at them. They’ve had some good runs at us. I think that’s just playoff hockey, but it’s just one of those things that, a dirty play here, a dirty play there…it doesn’t matter. You’ve got to bite your lip and just take it.”

In this particular play, Nash had himself a legitimate gripe about the call, however. After watching Senators D-man Marc Methot punch multiple Bruins players - Brad Marchand and Tim Schaller to name two - during regulation play without costing the Senators a power play, Nash didn’t get that same call in overtime. Nash was caught in a battle with a pair of Sens players when he was knocked to his knees against the side boards, and Bobby Ryan took the opportunity to elbow Nash’s head while slamming it against the boards.

Nash took a swipe at Ryan in retaliation while still from his knees, and that’s what referee Tim Peel decided to raise his hand for to call a penalty about in overtime of a Stanley Cup playoff game. Seconds later the B’s penalty kill was in disarray after one Erik Karlsson stretch pass and Ryan had himself a game-winning playoff goal in the aftermath. It was undoubtedly a weak sauce call by Peel to determine the fate of playoff game, and it was utterly mystifying how it wasn’t simply matching penalties for Nash and Ryan in OT, or no penalty called at all at that juncture in the game.

"[The penalty] was demoralizing and disappointing. I think you guys summed it up,” said Bruce Cassidy. “There are probably a lot more words, but they called it. So once they call it, it’s our job to kill it.”

All the complaining in the world from the Bruins isn’t going to change the call or Boston’s fate in Game 3, but any red-blooded hockey fan has to hope the officials don’t choose overtime in too many of these playoff to exert their influence for better or worse.

Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

CHICAGO – Don Sweeney said the Bruins knew and expected they were going to lose one of three players in the NHL expansion draft, and it’s pretty clear it was going to be Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller or Colin Miller leaving the team. The B’s took Kevan Miller out of the equation by leaving him on the protection list after a strong season while also playing some of his best hockey in the playoffs.

That left McQuaid and Miller with each of the two D-men standing an equal chance of getting selected by the Vegas Golden Knights, and the 24-year-old puck-moving Miller going to Vegas for the time being. It remains to be seen if Miller sticks with the Golden Knights, or if there is an eventual plan to flip him elsewhere like perhaps an interested party in Toronto.

Sweeney said the Bruins didn’t want to lose a player with potential like Miller, but it’s also true that he would have been stuck behind younger, better D-men on the depth chart with Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo as better right-handed options.

“It was an interesting process to go through. It was hard at times because you felt like other teams were able to find deals to keep their team together while you felt vulnerable in that regard,” said Sweeney at the B’s team hotel in Chicago during a Thursday availability with the media. “You knew you were going to lose a good player. You knew they had targeted three players on our team that we felt they would target, and unfortunately we’re losing a good, young player.

“We thought highly of Colin. He was part of a big trade for us and we wish him well moving forward. We thank for him doing his part with the organization. We lost a good player.”

Clearly, the Bruins lost a defenseman with skills and youth on his side, but it’s also a young guy that hasn’t put it all together yet while never posting more than 16 points in each of his two seasons with the Black and Gold. Perhaps he will put together the offensive package at his next landing spot after showing flashes in Boston over the last two years, but that unknown factor while no longer being considered a prospect is the reason he didn’t find himself on the protected D list along with Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug.  

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days


The Bruins released their schedule for the 2017-18 season Thursday, with their campaign beginning at TD Garden on Oct. 5 against the Predators. 

Two things stand out in Boston’s schedule. Eleven of their final 15 games are on the road, and they don’t play the Canadiens until mid-January.  

Then, when the B’s and Habs do finally meet, they play three times in an eight-day span. The rivals face each other Jan. 13 in Montreal, Jan. 17 in Boston and Jan. 20 in Montreal. The Bruins’ final regular-season meeting with the Habs is March 3. 

To see the full schedule, click here.