Three Takeaways From the Bruins’ Loss to the Capitals – Boston.com (blog)
After falling flat on Thursday night in a road loss to the Detroit Red Wings, the Bruins returned home Saturday night only to lose again, this one a 4-0 whitewashing at the hands of the powerful Washington Capitals. Alex Ovechkin scored two goals for the Caps and the Bruins couldn’t respond despite winning the shots on goal battle 29-21. There’s a distinct lack of energy in the Bruins’ play thus far, a sentiment echoed by center Chris Kelly, who chalked the two losses up to poor efforts and said the team isn’t working hard enough after the game. Here are three takeaways from Saturday night’s defeat.
1. The Bruins can’t score
Three games into the season and the Bs have three goals. That’s one per game. That’s not very good. Certainly, the absence of David Krejci, who will be eligible to come off of injured reserve in time for Monday’s matinee against the Colorado Avalanche, has severely hindered the Bruins’ ability to generate offense, but this much? The “top” line has featured Milan Lucic in his usual spot at left wing trying to play with youngsters Ryan Spooner and Matt Fraser and predictably, there’s no chemistry and it’s not working. Lucic in particular has looked like a shell of himself.
Painful watching Milan Lucic. Head, legs, hands going in different directions. Might not get straight until next month.
— Fluto Shinzawa (@GlobeFluto) October 12, 2014
Additionally, the Bs are 1-for-11 on the power play and while that aspect of their game has never been awesome, it’s simply impossible to succeed when it’s that inept. Coach Claude Julien put Spooner on the left wing with Carl Soderberg and Loui Eriksson in the third period while moving Chris Kelly up to center Lucic and Fraser but it made no difference. You can’t …read more