Ugly. That is the word to describe last night’s Bruins game against the Las Vegas Golden Knights. It was an ugly game for the Bruins as the team faced former teammates Reilly Smith, Colin Miller, and Malcolm Subban. The Bruins loss to the Golden Knights comes the night after they defeated the Arizona Coyotes 6-2. Back-to-back games are the worst, but losing to the NHL’s newest team 3-1 is not how the Bruins expected things to go.
The Bruins were outplayed throughout the whole first period. Vegas was quicker, smarter, and stronger on the puck than Boston was. The Knights defense was terrific and held the Bruins to only five shots in the first period. All of the shots Malcolm Subban faced in the first period seemed to be shot directly at him, which didn’t make it hard for him at all. The Bruins made Subban’s job in goal very easy. But it was only the first period, and you might’ve thought to yourself, “the Bruins will wake up in the second period and we will beat Vegas, they’re an expansion team!” Well, we all thought wrong.
The Bruins did not wake up, the onslaught by Las Vegas just kept coming. The Bruins looked tired and out of place on the ice. With 5:21 left to go in the second period, Alex Tuch scored his first career NHL goal high glove side on Tuukka Rask after forcing a huge turnover in the neutral zone. With 2:14 remaining in the period, the Bruins were scrambling in the defensive zone and that is when Vadim Shipachyov scored his first career NHL goal as well to put the Golden Knights up 2-0 heading into the third period. The Bruins struggles continued, they were not getting any good shots on net and Malcolm Subban continued to enjoy his time on the ice for Las Vegas. The whole team seemed to be discombobulated and there was really no chemistry on the ice between the whole team. They could barely string together a series of passes without the play being broken up by a Golden Knights player.
The third period was just as disgraceful as the first two periods. Play did not pick up on the Bruins end of things and the Knights continued to dominate play. It wasn’t until the Bruins pulled Tuukka Rask that David Pastrnak scored with 30 seconds left in regulation. The B’s caught the Knights scrambling and took advantage of the opportunity. Unfortunately, Oscar Lindberg took away any hope the Bruins had of making a comeback when he fired the puck down the ice and scored on the empty net with 13.9 seconds left in the game to make it 3-1 Golden Knights.
1st Period- No goals
2nd Period- GOAL: Alex Tuch(1) Unassisted.
GOAL: Vadim Shipachyov(1) Assisted by Tuch(1), Engelland(1)
3rd Period- GOAL: David Pastrnak(3) Assisted by Marchand(3), McAvoy(3)
GOAL: Oscar Lindberg(2) Assisted by Karlsson(1)
The Bruins did not play well at all against Las Vegas. The absences of Patrice Bergeron, David Backes, and Noel Acciari are really making a negative impact on this team. Not to mention Ryan Spooner left the game with an injury and did not return, so the B’s could possibly be without him going forward. If Spooner is injured for a while, this gives Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson to slot in and really make a difference on this team. Sean Kuraly, Frank Vatrano, and Matt Beleskey have not played well and that will not be tolerated once Bergeron and Backes return. If they don’t play well, they will not be in the lineup in the future.
The Bruins current record is 2-3-0, and they are currently sixth in the Atlantic Division. They play again on Thursday, October 19, against the Vancouver Canucks at TD Garden. Bruce Cassidy is hopeful that Patrice Bergeron will be back in the lineup for Thursday’s game against the Canucks. There’s a lot of work to be done, but the season is a long way from being over.
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