Bruins clearly shorthanded – Boston Globe
Things will get better on Monday. David Krejci, out for the first three games because of a mystery injury, should be back when former linemate Jarome Iginla and the Avalanche visit TD Garden for a matinee.
It will be two more days for the rust that has thickened around Milan Lucic’s legs, hands, and head to flake away.
By then, perhaps Simon Gagne, who’s been participating in Bruins’ fantasy camp, will be signed to the contract he deserves and dressed in a uniform instead of suit and tie.
Nobody will be happier about this than Claude Julien, who watched his team lose a 4-0 game to Washington on Saturday night at TD Garden that was even more lopsided than the result showed.
For three games, the Bruins coach has not had a full deck. He’s written out two NHL lines on his game sheet: Patrice Bergeron between Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith, and Carl Soderberg centering Chris Kelly and Loui Eriksson.
No coach, even a former Jack Adams recipient, can win with two lines that don’t belong in the league.
The Bruins had their chances against the Capitals. They attempted 58 shots compared with Washington’s 38. Twenty-nine shots landed on goal.
The Bergeron and Soderberg lines had stretches of good down-low sniffs. Braden Holtby was excellent, just like he was in 2011-12, when the out-of-nowhere goalie backstopped the Capitals to a first-round upset of the Bruins.
The problem was that Holtby could take a breather every other shift. If Bergeron’s line pushed the pace, the Bruins couldn’t sustain the momentum when Lucic, Ryan Spooner, and Matt Fraser, their third-line anchors, chased the puck around the rink.
Lucic, off his game because of wrist surgery, might not find his rhythm until next month. Spooner is better on the …read more