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Boston Bruins Looked Like A Tired Team Last Night Against The Oilers

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The Boston Bruins lost to the Edmonton Oilers by a score of 7-4.

Last night was a tough night for the Boston Bruins coming off Wednesday’s game against Calgary. Boston came out very slow and very sluggish and the Oilers took advantage right away. Before last nights game the Bruins were on a 4 game win streak.

First Period

The six of the eleven goals came during this period. First goal of the game game Patrick Maroon on the power play just 4:30 into the game.  Maroon was on the far side of Rask where Jordan Eberle found a small passing window and fired a pass over and Maroon had an open net. Then just 1 minute later Patrick Maroon scored again. This time he was assisted by Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. This goal came from a complete breakdown of the B’s defense. Draisailtl skated through three Bruins then hit McDavid who found Maroon crashing and hit him with the pass and Maroon potted his second of the period. Next was yet another ex Bruin, Benoit Pouliot. Pouliot’s goal was a very ugly as Boston had another breakdown. David Desharnais came down the left side as Carlo kept him to the outside. He continued around the net as Carlo dropped off in hopes that the back-checking Matt Beleskey would pick him up (he failed). Instead Beleskey went to the net with Carlo. Desharnais then put the puck put front and Pouliot out muscled both Carlo and Beleskey to put the puck in the back of the net.

 

Now that Oilers have stopped scoring we can talk about the Bruins. The first B’s goal came from David Pastrnak (his point streak continues) at 12:29 3 minutes after the Pouliot goal. This was a beautiful play. Torey Krug started the play by keeping in an attempted clear as the Bruins were on the power play. Krug then found Ryan Spooner on the half boards who then hit Brad Marchand on the near post. Marchy then found Pasta sneaking back door as he thread the pass through the crease and Pasta put it in. The whole play took about 3 seconds, that is what I call puck movement. Next came Brad Marchand with his 37th goal of the season. This goal was almost identical except the assists came from Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron. At this point I was thinking the Bruins are right back in this game and then a few minutes went by.

This is when Anton Slepyshev scored the Oilers 4th of the period. This was another ridiculous goal and another break down Anton was able to bat McDavid’s rebound out of the air and get it past Tuukka Rask. That was all just the first period.

Second Period 

Edmonton opened the scoring in the second as well. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins score the first goal on yet another BS goal. The puck was thrown out front as Nugent-Hopkins was looking to pass and the pucke bounced around and found its way in the net. Rask was pulled after this goal.  Then the Dominic Morre came right back with a sick backhand snipe that went top-shelf short side. This was also shorthanded. So once again make it a hockey game as the score was 5-3. Then Draisaitl answered Moore with a nifty goal as he caught Anton Khudobin trying to cheat to the other side expecting the pass. Draisaitl then snuck it short side past Doby. Another ugly goal. Milan Lucic who won a Stanley Cup here in Boston added to Edmonton’ lead. Lucic scored the easiest goal I have seen in a while, he was left uncovered in front of the net and was able to put in the rebound, on the power play. This was the Oilers third power play goal.

David Krejci stopped the bleeding with a power play goal of his own at the end of the second. Krejci scored off a one timer set up by Marchy, as Cam Talbot was screened in front.

Third Period.

No goal were scored in the third period

 

Up Next:

Boston has three days off before they head to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs.

 

Justin is a Computer Networking student at Wentworth Institute of Technology and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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Boston Bruins Should Stick With The Hot Hand Of Anton Khudobin

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Dobby may have stolen the Starting Gig From Tuukka Rask

The Boston Bruins have been under a ton of scrutiny since the beginning of the season. One of the issues was, are the kids going to be any good, the other is what is the goaltending situation going to look like. That question has become easier in the past couple of games.

This season we have seen Tuukka Rask Struggle. Many are now questioning if he is an elite goalie still. The only problem with that is that he was never an elite goalie. During his time of success here he had a phenomenal defense in front of him. Now not so much except it seems that backup Anton Khudobin has not had a problem with the defense. Khudobin not only has the wins to deserve the starting role, he has the numbers as well.

In the month of November Tuukka Rask has played in 6 games. In those six games, his save percentage is a .898 and a save percentage of a 2.86.  On the season he has a 2.89 total save percentage in 12 games. The league leader among starters is Sergei Bobrovsky with a 2.02. Then we look at Dobby’s past 3 games in November where he has posted a .949 save percentage and 1.66 GAA.

Dobby has shown that he is still a viable back-up and right now he may even be the starter. Las game against the sharks he only allowed one goal and after being bombarded by 18 shots. In three of his last five games, Khudobin has allowed one goal.

Bostons next game on Wednesday against the red-hot Devils who currently sit in the first place if the Metropolitan division. Bruce Cassidy mat indeed elects Khudobin to be the starter but he as eluded that Tukkaa Rask will get the start. This would be a bad play. The starter should always go to the guy ho is hot not the guy that is supposed to be a top 10 goaltender.

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Boston Bruins Season Is Falling Apart Faster Than It Is Coming Together

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Boston Bruins Stricken With Injuries As More Added To List

Boston Bruins are a team that has nothing positive going for them at the moment. Injury after injury has left the team scratching their head questioning what to do next. Bruce Cassidy has announced that both Anders Bjork and Brad Marchand will not travel with the team.

David Krejci will travel with the team on the upcoming road trip. This brings a small amount of light to a team with much darkness.

This is probably the biggest loss yet as Brad Marchand has 15 points in 14 games. Then Bjork a rookie who cemented his spot on the top line in training camp has 9 points already. Boston has already dug into the reserves in Providence with Danton Heinen and Jordan Swarz.

Now, these guys have played well since getting the call-up but a guy like Marchand is not replaceable. Hopefully, Providence is able to spare a couple more players or there might be a trade looming near. Providence is a team chalk full of young talent lucky for Boston except the well is starting to run dry. The Baby Bruins will soon run into the problem of not being able to field a team of their own.

Most Likely Call-Up Candidates

Zach Senyshyn. Senyshyn has 5 points in 12 games so far in Providence. He was on the bubble of making the roster during camp. Both Bjork and Debrusk took that spot. This could be his chance.

Kenny Agostino. Agostino who already has a couple NHL games this season and has been lighting up the AHL with 9 points in 8 games. Another bubble guy that lost out on a roster spot as he went down in the preseason with an injury.

Anton Blidh. Blidh who also has NHL experience would bring a bit more grit to a speedy team.

Peter Cehlarik. Another guy that is a bit more of a grinder than a goal scorer but that might be just what Boston needs.

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Boston Bruins Rob O’Gara Has His Shot To Make The Big Club

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Rob O’Gara To Get His Shot

All season long the Boston Bruins have been dealing with injuries and other roster question marks. Additionally, Brad Marchand is now out with an upper-body injury. David Krejci has been placed on the IR. Rob O’Gara has been called up from Providence.

O’Gara now has his shot to earn himself a roster spot just as some of his former Providence team members have done, as with Danton Heinen. Alike Heinen O’Gara will have to make this chance count as Heinen did by scoring two goals in his debut. Though the expectations for O’Gara are a bit different seeing that he is a defenseman. Also, the expectation for him is to make a limited amount of mistakes. Plus contributing to the offense if/when possible.

Right now the Bruins are struggling in their own end, as most of their defenseman is a minus on the plus-minus chart. In contrast, O’Gara in 7 games for Providence is a plus-four. Hopefully, he can bring some much-needed defense, with the exception of Zdeno Chara to a team with many offensive minded d-man.

Similarly, the league has evolved to one where offensive defensemen are more sought. This leads to holes in the defense as we have seen with Boston so far during the first 12 games. Boston is looking for that spark on defense and O’Gara may be it.

Roster Position

The most likely spot for O’Gara to end up is the third pairing. Now that may seem bad, however, the Bruins run three d-pairs more than other teams. O’Gara gains the much-needed NHL experience from his ice time. Hopefully, he is not just here for one game as that would be useless. It would not help him in any way possible. In fact, it would most likely hurt him mostly his confidence. O’Gara should be a better fit than the newly acquired Paul Postma. Not only does O’Gara seem to have a bit more overall skill, he has more upside.

O’Gara a 24-year-old selected by the Bruins in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Tonights Game

Boston will face the Minnesota Wild at home. The game will be aired on NESN and broadcast on 98.5 the sports hub.

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