Not surprisingly, there aren't a lot of positives in a 6-1 thrashing on the Joe Louis Arena ice at the hands of the Detroit Red Wings. I’m imagining it must have been a long, silent flight back to Boston on the night before Thanksgiving, so here are some hits and misses to fill up the silence:
*The Bruins managed to show up on the ice in time for the 7:30 start at Joe Louis Arena, and it appeared that all of their equipment was in the proper place.
*The Krejci/Iginla/Lucic line has been very quiet as of late, and Jarome Iginla managed to break through for a garbage-time goal in the third period that at least got them on the board. It was all surface deep, but goals are goals for a guy like Iggy. It snapped a seven game goalless stretch for the former Calgary Flames captain.
*Jordan Caron got into some game action. It’s pretty apparent that it’s important to the Bruins Caron doesn’t get too rusty as the spare forward, so he put together a solidly inconsequential 8:30 of ice time that probably got him less of a sweat than a Wednesday morning practice. Perhaps the Bruins are trying to up his trade value or send a message to other underperforming forwards, but Caron just isn’t bringing a whole lot to the table.
*Adam McQuaid certainly made some mistakes like failing to cover the post on Tomas Tatar’s wraparound goal, and that was to be expected in his first game back after missing several weeks of action. But he was healthy, and managed to throw three hits in 18:24 of ice time while entering back into the lineup.
*Dougie Hamilton had a rough game. He was caught down low behind the Detroit net when the Wings broke back into the Boston end with speed, and Patrice Bergeron was stuck covering for him in a defenseman position just as he was trying to get off the ice at the end of a shift. That led to Detroit’s first goal. He also was caught watching the paint dry when Henrik Zetterberg’s one-timer as Gustav Nyquist dangled around him in the corner. He finished with zero shots on net, a minus-2 and three giveaways after putting together a solid stretch of games over the past few weeks.
*Brad Marchand has three goals in 25 games, and continues to look like he’s going through the motions in many of the games. He took a selfish cross-checking penalty in the second period with the Bruins down 4-0 already, and when they could have used that kind of emotional spark earlier in the game. One has to wonder when the healthy scratch is coming for him because there hasn’t been enough progress in his game over a long cross-section of the season.
*Zdeno Chara also had a tough night for the Bruins, and is now a minus-3 more than a quarter through the season after he’d been a combined plus-80 over the past three seasons for the Black and Gold. He was caught chasing players far away from the front of the net, and had several shifts where he was just another guy running around in the defensive zone in a scrambled chaotic effort.
*Milan Lucic and David Krejci had a combined two shots on net and a minus-4 rating. They clearly didn’t look like they wanted to be in Detroit on the night before Thanksgiving at all.
*The Bruins coaching staff missed big time in opting to scratch Shawn Thornton in favor of Jordan Caron ostensibly to get the spare forward some game action. While it’s admirable they’re trying to get the best out of Jordan Caron, they miss too much on and off the ice when Thornton is absent from the lineup. He brings swagger, attitude and fearlessness to the rest of the players, and he also holds other players accountable when they aren’t putting out their best. All of that was missing in a lackadaisical effort against the Winged Wheels.
*Patrice Bergeron has zero points in his last six games, and is a minus-1 over that time period. He won 15-of-23 face-offs, but had zero shots on net in 16:51 of ice time in an effort that’s just not impactful enough.