The Bruins were very matter-of-fact after the 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens at TD Garden.
No one seemed down, including hard-luck goalie Tuukka Rask, who was asked repeatedly if he felt he was snakebit as a result of not having a victory this season yet. The upbeat Rask, who had 38 saves, said no.
The attitude was that there were good things about the game and some not-so-good things but all in all, it was the Canadiens’ power play that got the job done for the visitors and the Bruins promised a renewed effort on Saturday night against the Ottawa Senators.
Bruins’ captain Zdeno Chara on whether the Bruins were fatigued as a result of playing on back to back nights and having to travel home from Pittsburgh on Wednesday night –
“I don’t think we were really tired,” said Chara. “I thought we had pretty good legs, especially the first half of the game. Maybe the second half a little bit but I think both teams were kind of tired. It was a lot of battles and skating involved. Back to backs are kind of hard but it’s still early in the season and we should be in good shape.”
Rask dropped to 0-4-1 but he said he doesn’t care if he loses every game as long as teammate Tim Thomas (8-0-0) wins them all and the team succeeds.
“It’s hockey, what can you do?” said Rask. “You just try to do your best and save every puck and if you don’t get the bounces, you don’t. And if you do, that’s great.”
Montreal goalie Carey Price had his shutout streak snapped at 89 minutes, 7 seconds when Chara scored at 15:49 of the opening period.
On the power play, the Habs were two for five. They have scored three goals in their last 22 chances (13.6 percent). They are six for 56 on the power play this year (10.7 percent).
The Bruins were 0 for 4 on the power play. They have scored three goals in their last 13 opportunities (23.1 percent) and are 10 for 49 overall on the power play (20.4 percent).