By: Erin Walsh
The Boston Bruins took a tough loss to the Ottawa Senators in Game two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs 4-3 in OT. Now the Bruins were up 3-1 going into the third period and ended up blowing their two goal lead. Let's go over the negatives and positives from game two. First we're going to take a look at the negatives.
Some negatives from game two are that the Bruins struggled defensively. With the absences of Krug, Carlo, Colin Miller and McQuaid you can see that the Bruins need some help on their back end. Blowing a 3-1 lead is simply unacceptable, the Bruins should've closed out that game in the third and got the victory, but they failed to do so. In the third period the Bruins seemed to be out of gas, no one was skating and the Senators had all the energy. Zdeno Chara taking a penalty in the final seconds of the third period was also unacceptable. Allowing Dion Phaneuf to score the game winner was absolutely ridiculous, but again, the B’s were out of gas and just didn't seem like they wanted the win.
Now let’s move onto the positives.
Despite losing in OT to the Senators, there's some positives to take out of this game. Youngster Charlie McAvoy has looked FANTASTIC throughout his first two NHL games, he looks like a very promising guy for the Bruins back-end. The B’s third and fourth lines are stepping up, Dominic Moore and Riley Nash have looked really good so far as well. Sean Kuraly has also stood out to me, he's tough and can battle for the puck. One really big point to be made is that the Senators can't even beat the Bruins in regulation! The Bruins are without Krug, Carlo, Acciari, Colin Miller and now Adam McQuaid and the Sens STILL could not win the game in regulation. I don't know about you guys but I'm very proud with how our team has played so far with all the injuries. Guys like Bergeron, Pastrnak and Marchand have been pretty good as well but I'd like to see Marchand step up more because I was disappointed with his game two performance.
All in all, you should NOT be worried about this Bruins team. Despite all the injuries, the B’s should be getting back Carlo and Acciari for games three or four and hopefully Colin Miller and Adam McQuaid will be ready to go as well. Another reason why you shouldn't be worried is because the series comes back to Boston! The Sens couldn't even beat the Bruins in regulation on their home ice, are they going to be able to beat the B’s in Boston? If we get some defenseman back I think the Bruins will be alright throughout the rest of the series. In my opinion, the Bruins will win the series in seven games. Do NOT worry just yet.
Photo: (Boston Globe)