Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff February 4, 2010 06:38 PM
The Bruins hammered tons of pucks on goal, had numerous scoring chances, didn't bury their opportunities, and came out on the losing end again -- an all-too-familiar scenario.
"I think we were the better team out there again," said Claude Julien, referring to tonight's loss and Tuesday's 4-1 setback against Washington. "But the bottom line is that you've got to win. You've got score those goals. We're not doing that."
The Bruins' downfall came in the second, when Glen Metropolit and Roman Hamrlik scored goals in a 39-second span.
- The Bruins have totaled 89 shots in their last two games. They have only three goals to show for their work.
- Mark Recchi didn't think the Devils had to strip their organization by shipping out Niclas Bergfors, Johnny Oduya, prospect Patrice Cormier, and a 2010 first-round pick for Ilya Kovalchuk and Anssi Salmela. "I don't think there's anything significant off their roster," Recchi said. "I think that's a pretty good trade for New Jersey."
- The Bruins will practice tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. at Ristuccia Arena.
STICK SALUTE: Blake Wheeler. Dangerous around the net.
SIN BIN: Miroslav Satan. Zero shots in 16:18 of ice time.
All done at the Garden. Canadiens in the shootout, 3-2.
End of overtime
After 65 minutes, tied at 2-2. Bruins conclude the game with a 47-26 shot advantage.
3:49 (OT). Andrei Markov dangles through everyone. Glove save by Tuukka Rask.
3:10 (OT). SH scoring chance for Andrei Markov.
1:19 (OT). Timeout Bruins.
1:19 (OT). Roman Hamrlik off for tripping David Krejci.
0:28 (OT). Marco Sturm with the short-range backhand.
End of regulation
After 60 minutes, tied at 1-1. Bruins with a 42-21 shot advantage and two measly goals. Bruins gain one point.
16:18 (3). Maxim Lapierre off for belting Steve Begin into the wall. Critical PP.
14:59 (3). A flurry of action by Mark Recchi and Patrice Bergeron in front.
11:24 (3). Marco Sturm dangles around Roman Hamrlik, but Jaroslav Halak stands tall to stop the wing's bid.
10:11 (3). Mathieu Darche jamming away in front. Tuukka Rask covers up.
8:30 (3). Marco Sturm turned aside on the SH bid.
6:59 (3). High-sticking on David Krejci.
5:06 (3). Tripping on Travis Moen.
3:48 (3). Marco Sturm turned aside on a goalmouth attempt.
After 40 minutes, tied at 2-2. Bruins with a 32-14 shot advantage. Shows how irrelevant shot totals can be.
- Hard to overstate the importance of the upcoming period. Bruins have to show they can respond to giving up two goals in 39 seconds.
- Once again, Bruins getting burned for not burying their chances. Blake Wheeler had two sparkling point-blank opportunities aside from his power-play goal.
- Key to Wheeler's goal was David Krejci applying pressure with the puck through the neutral zone. Don't see enough Bruins doing that these days.
17:45 (2). Tied, 2-2. Roman Hamrlik whistles a point wrister past Tuukka Rask. Mathieu Darche with the screen, and Rask caught leaning the wrong way.
17:06 (2). Bruins, 2-1. Two stops by Tuukka Rask on Scott Gomez, but Glen Metropolit scores on the third PP attempt.
16:08 (2). Hooking on Matt Hunwick. First PP for the Habs.
13:35 (2). Big-time save by Jaroslav Halak on Blake Wheeler's backhander.
8:55 (2). Two great scoring chances for Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder after a Derek Morris first pass takes advantage of a bad Montreal line change.
5:25 (2). Bruins, 2-0. After Jaroslav Halak stops David Krejci's bad-angle shot, Blake Wheeler swoops in for the rebound.
5:06 (2). Tuukka Rask covers up. Not many scoring chances for either club so far in the second.
After 20 minutes, Bruins with a 1-0 lead. Bruins leading in shots, 15-5.
- Textbook Mark Recchi stuff on the power-play goal. Dennis Wideman and Derek Morris play give-and-go at the point, giving Recchi to set up in the low slot. Once Wideman lets the slapper go, Recchi gets right in the shooting lane for the tip.
- During one shift, it took at least five passes in the defensive zone for the Bruins to advance to center ice. You can talk all you want about the lack of finish on this club. But so much of today's offense depends on the defensemen retrieving pucks, starting the breakout, and giving forwards speed through the neutral zone over the blue. Bruins must address this shortcoming, either now or in the offseason.
- Tuukka Rask not giving the Canadiens many holes to shoot at.
15:48 (1). Bruins, 1-0. Dennis Wideman launches a one-timer on goal that Mark Recchi tips past Jaroslav Halak for the PPG.
14:27 (1). Delay of game on Andrei Markov.
14:16 (1). Bruins with a 12-4 shot advantage so far.
11:32 (1). Again, nothing on the PP.
9:13 (1). Interference on Jaroslav Spacek.
4:55 (1). Play freezes, as puck lands on top of Boston net.
3:03 (1). Tuukka Rask covers up. Nothing from either PP unit.
0:46 (1). Hooking on Brian Gionta. Zdeno Chara draws the penalty by pinching down low. D-men must active.
0:24 (1). Patrice Bergeron flings a shot on goal.
Byron Bitz is back in. Shawn Thornton and Vladimir Sobotka are the healthy scratches.