One of the bigger issues confronting the 2015-16 Boston Bruins is not just the problems the team has at earning points on home ice, but its a penchant for blowing leads in three of those crucial early season contests.
Losses after jumping up by two goals against Tampa Bay, Philadelphia and now Colorado have ended in disaster, as the Bruins dropped a 3-2 game Thursday night at the TD Garden.
A return to the ice by veteran defenseman Dennis Seidenberg was spoiled by a Colorado comeback after Boston blew a 2-0 lead taken in the first six minutes of the game. The Bruins did not score again the rest of the contest.
First period goals by Zdeno Chara and Ryan Spooner were countered by strikes from former Bruin Carl Soderberg (assisted by former Bruin Jarome Iginla) and Rejean Beauchemin, who tied the game with just 29 seconds left in the opening period.
Colorado coach and old Boston nemesis Patrick Roy challenged the Chara goal just 1:12 into the game for a crease violation, but was unsuccessful in the attempt to have the captain’s second goal of the season negated.
The two teams played through a scoreless second period, with both Tuukka Rask and Reto Berra making some key stops for their clubs. At 5:46 of the second period, Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog was ejected for a blindside head hit on Brad Marchand. The B’s were unable to score on an extended power play (after he took a roughing penalty in response), but Marchand remained in the game and seemed to suffer no ill effects despite already suffering a concussion earlier this season.
Colorado took the lead in the third period when Kevan Miller coughed up the puck near the Boston blue line to Mikhail Grigorenko, who skated towards Rask before sliding a cross-ice feed to Matt Duchene, who buried it for his seventh goal of the season. Miller
The B’s were unable to find the equalizer after pulling Rask for the extra attacker. From the sounds of it, a lack of offensive zone time and puck possession throughout the game doomed them to another home disappointment for the Boston faithful. The crowd let them know, too- as boos rained down on the players with a few minutes remaining in the contest and the defense having trouble getting the puck out the zone and up the ice on the attack.
Sorry, folks- was in and out of this one and did not catch the entire contest, so no Ups and Downs tonight…I’ll only post that when I see the entire contest, but prior commitments prevented me from giving the game my complete attention. Perhaps that is for the best.