Defensive Breakdowns Have put the Bruins in a Hole Through two Periods of Game 3


Tuukka Rask can’t stop P.K. Subban on a breakaway in the first period of Game 3. Eric Bolte/USA Today Sports

Tuukka Rask said he played like certain farm manure in Game 1 of the Bruins and Canadiens second round series, and if the B’s can’t come back in Game 3, he may be saying something similar.

The Boston netminder has had a tough time in the first game in Montreal, allowing three goals on 22 shots through the second period, and will have to be perfect in the third if the Bruins want to have a chance to steal Game 3.

Rask has been especially vulnerable on breakaways, which Montreal has had two of in the game, converting both times, first by P.K. Subban just after a failed Bruins power play, and the second by Dale Weise in the second period.


The Bruins defense hasn’t been all roses either and haven’t been getting in the Canadiens’ shooting lanes and have missed assignments. Andrej Meszaros may have seen his last game action if he can’t pick up his play, as he just watched as Dale Weise flew through the neutral zone and in on Rask for the Canadiens’ third goal.
Through two periods, the Bruins’ six defensemen have a combined plus/minus rating of -3, and will need to step up their game in order to slow down the speedy Montreal offense.

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