Talking Points from Bruins' 8-2 loss to Red Wings

Talking Points from Bruins' 8-2 loss to Red Wings
September 19, 2013, 11:30 pm
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BOSTON - The good, and a lot of bad, from the B's preseason home opener, an 8-2 loss to Detroit:

GOLD STAR: Nick Johnson continues to impress and surprise with his scoring tear in training camp as he goes about winning a third line job with the Bruins while others continue to flail away in camp. Johnson only played 12:24 of ice time in the game, but he was in long enough to take a pass from Ryan Spooner, dangle through Pavel Datsyuk in the slot and then bury a backhanded shot top shelf. While other players like Jordan Caron and Carl Soderberg aren’t running away with the opportunities they’ve been given to nail down a spot, Johnson just keeps scoring goals and playing solid two-way hockey.

BLACK EYE: Malcolm Subban probably gave up three goals that would be considered soft, but the Bruins youngster surrendered eight goals behind a Boston defense that didn’t come ready to play. He allowed three goals in a 1:17 span in the third period, and really seemed to lose his composure at that point while knowing the Bruins coaches would keep him in the game. The mock cheers arrived in the third period when Subban made any sort of save, and that had to be a rough experienced for the youngster in his first NHL appearance in Boston. In an interesting twist, Subban was running up and down the stairs of the TD Garden long after the game had ended in an admission that he’s still got plenty of work to do in his young career.

TURNING POINT: Granted, it was still a game that the Bruins weren’t likely to win, but it was still a 5-2 game in the third period after Nick Johnson scored a nifty top shelf goal with his backhand. But Jordan Caron followed 30 seconds later with a bone-headed boarding penalty, and the Red Wings promptly scored three unanswered goals in the span of 77 seconds that sunk the Bruins. It also saddled Subban with a rough stat line next to his name after the 60 minutes of exhibition hockey had been played.

HONORABLE MENTION: Matt Bartkowski rang up a couple of assists for his second multi-point game of the preseason, and really looked sharp on a play while wheeling the puck around the point and finding Jarome Iginla camped out in front. The puck deflected off Iginla’s skate for Boston’s first goal, and the Bruins defenseman continued to put his best foot forward in training camp. Torey Krug and Bartkowski were the two young defensemen that demanded the playing time in last year’s postseason, and it once again appears that both players are the frontrunners to win the spots in the top six to start the season.

BY THE NUMBERS: 2 – the number of fights Thursday night with Matt Fraser dropping the gloves with an unwilling Jakob Kindl, and Torey Krug lowering the boom on David MacIntyre.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “We were a step behind and slow to react on everything. They were first to the puck, winning battles. They were skating well and passing the puck well. We were just too passive and too hesitant a lot of times. For sure we need to correct that and be better next game.” –-Zdeno Chara with a frank assessment on an ugly exhibition game.