Bruins come back to beat Devils, 4-1

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Bruins come back to beat Devils, 4-1

By Danny Picard
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- @font-face font-family: "Times New Roman";p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size: 12pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; a:link, span.MsoHyperlink color: blue; text-decoration: underline; a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed color: purple; text-decoration: underline; table.MsoNormalTable font-size: 10pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; div.Section1 page: Section1; The Bruins scored just their second goal in their previous 34 power plays on Tuesday night, but Zdeno Charas second-period one-timer on the man advantage was enough to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead, and led the way to an eventual 4-1 win over Martin Brodeur and the hungry New Jersey Devils at the TD Garden."We want to go into the playoffs on the way up, not on the way down," said Shawn Thornton, who led off the scoring for Boston with his ninth goal of the season in the first. "We have 10 games left, so we want to start being consistent and getting ready so we can go in on a bit of a roll, I guess."

Milan Lucic found Chara with a nice, hard pass through the slot on the 5-on-4 power play, and the Bruins captain put it top-left just over eight minutes into the second.

Lucic then added his 30th goal of the season with 3:47 left to play in the third, sealing the deal on a hard-fought, come-from-behind win that saw New Jersey outplay Boston badly through the first 20 minutes.

Mark Recchi added the fourth and final goal on an empty netter with 39.6 seconds left in the game.

The Bruins brought it in the second period, a whole lot more than they did in the first. At one point in the first period, the Devils had outshot the Bs 16-2, and took a 1-0 lead on an Ilya Kovulchuk one-timer from the left circle on the power-play just over 11 minutes into the game. But Tim Thomas brought his A-game on Tuesday, and came up big on several occasions early on, finishing the game with 30 saves.

Bostons third shot of the period wasnt a good one, but Dennis Seidenbergs high wrister from the right point, with 4:21 left, re-directed off Shawn Thorntons twig and into the top-left corner of the net, to tie the game at 1-1 after one period.
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Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

Julien: 'A lot of problematic things' in Bruins loss to Avalanche

BOSTON – The Bruins simply weren’t ready to play on Thursday night when the puck was dropped against the Colorado Avalanche at TD Garden. 

They fell down quickly by a 2-0 score, had a couple of completely inept power plays in the first period that sucked all the game’s momentum away from them and received some subpar goaltending from Anton Khudobin on the way to a 4-2 loss to the lowly Avs. About the only B’s person above reproach in this one was David Pastrnak after scoring a pair of goals in the second period to get Boston back into the game, but it all fell short in a very frustrating, lackadaisical loss to a Western Conference team that isn’t very good. 

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Needless to say B’s coach Claude Julien wasn’t too happy after a loss where the Bruins might have had more success with a smarter approach to holding the puck. 

“There were a lot of problematic things [in the loss]. No doubt that the power play could have helped us in the first period, and failed to do that. They’ve got to be better,” said Julien. “We needed some saves tonight, and we didn’t get them. [Anton Khudobin] has got to be better. 

“A lot of things here that we can be better at, and take responsibility [for]. But at the same time, you got to move on here.  It’s one of those nights that had we been smarter from the get go, we would have had a chance.”

Clearly it was about a lacking group effort when dissecting the loss, and the minus-3 for David Krejci on Thursday night marked back-to-back negative performances from the playmaking Czech center in big spots. The goaltending was shoddy with Anton Khudobin allowing four goals on 22 shots for Colorado, and unable to make plays on a couple of Colorado shots from outside the painted area that built up the Avs lead in the first place. 

But it was also very much about the inability of the Bruins to generate consistent offense outside of David Pastrnak’s offensive burst in the second period, and the complete breakdown of the Boston power play in the opening 20 minutes. The Bruins struggled to enter the zone in their first PP possession of the game, and then allowed a Nathan MacKinnon shorthanded goal after Torey Krug futilely dove at the blue line to try and keep the puck in the offensive zone. 

The Krug misplay at the offensive blue line gave MacKinnon a clear path the net, and he buried a wrist shot past Khudobin to get the one-sided loss rolling. Beyond the costly mistakes that ended up in the back of the net, the Bruins looked sloppy and slow-reacting in their breakouts and more than willing to settle for outside perimeter shots.

That doesn’t exactly make for a winning combo even when it comes against a flawed, underachieving team like Colorado, and especially when it comes less than 24 hours after a hard-fought road game in Washington DC. 

“I think we were still sleeping there early in the game and they were able to capitalize on their opportunities. We couldn’t claw our way back,” said Brad Marchand, who picked up an assist on David Pastrnak’s second goal of the night on a perfect dish for the one-timer. “I think it was definitely a mental [block]. You’re able to battle through that physical fatigue. It was more the mental mistakes and not being prepared right off the hop of the start of the game. Again, that’s kind of where we lost it.”

The sleepwalking Bruins lost Thursday night’s valuable two points as soon as the opening puck was dropped against the Avalanche, of course, and the Bruins never got out of lollygag mode at a time when intensity should have been automatic.