The Bruins had tried to argue that the five-day break was a positive, that it allowed them time to practice and work on integrating the team’s new members. They mentioned the toll the Stanley Cup run had taken, that some rest wasn’t all bad.
Their play proved otherwise Thursday, as a rusty, slow Bruins team was overwhelmed in the first period by the flying Avalanche. Though the Bruins recovered, playing faster, smoother, and better as the game went on, that first period — in which Colorado scored a power play goal — was too much.
It was a game that on other nights the Bruins might have won, a game in which they played well enough to win. But the Avalanche had Jean-Sebastian Giguere turning back the clock with 39 saves; they had the first power-play goal against the Bruins this season, and ultimately they had the 2-0 win in front of 17,565 at the TD Garden. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.