Bruins Can’t Build Off Opening Night Success, Fall to Avalanche

While you were most likely watching the Red Sox game, the Bruins had a forgettable performance against the visiting Colorado Avalanche over at the Garden. The Bruins looked sloppy for the majority of the afternoon in a 4-0 loss to the team that finished at the bottom of the NHL standings last season.

Quick piece of trivia for you: When was the last time the Avalanche lost in Boston? Nope, not last season. Not the year before that. It was during a time when a gallon of gas cost just $1.15. It was in 1998. The B’s are 0-11-0-1 over that span, with the one being a tie.

Some of those games were likely tight, back-and-forth battles that could have gone either way. This one was far from that. The Bruins opened up the first period looking sluggish and careless with the puck, allowing the Avs to score twice on their first five shots.

The second goal was scored shorthanded at the tail end of a Bruins power play. Trailing just 1-0 at the time, the Bruins shot themselves in the foot by allowing a two-on-one rush that resulted in J.T. Compher beating Tuukka Rask over the glove.

Boston finished the game 0-4 on the power play. It showed some signs of life throughout the game but did not put together a consistent offensive attack, which is not a formula for success. The team’s best scoring chance of the afternoon came on an individual rush by David Pastrnak that was stuffed on the goal line by Semyon Varlamov.

Varlamov deserves a ton of credit for this Avalanche win. He has been rock solid through two games this year, allowing just one goal against the Rangers and Bruins.

This game was still within reach heading into the third period, but all hope was sucked out of the team 6:07 in when Nail Yakupov beat a stranded Rask to a loose puck and fired it in to the empty net.

Yakupov goal vs BOS 10.9.17

If this game was summed up in one gif, this one would do the trick.



  • Everyone up and down the Bruins lineup needed to be better in this game. They lost races to pucks all over the ice, and they could not complete a pass to save their lives. They finished with 13 giveaways. Unacceptable.


  • A lot of attention has been on Ryan Spooner, who has been given a huge opportunity to step up in the absence of Patrice Bergeron. Through two games, he has not recorded a point and has not carried his preseason performance into the regular season. He began the game centering Marchand and Pastrnak. If you can’t generate offense with them, that is not a good sign.


  • Head coach Bruce Cassidy labeled Bergeron as a game-time decision on Monday, so he is close to returning. Hopefully he can make his season debut Wednesday in Colorado, because he is the type of player that can get the team right back on track.


  • During pregame coverage, NESN showed a shot of Noel Acciari’s broken finger from Thursday night, and it is MANGLED. Acciari had to undergo surgery after blocking a P.K. Subban shot on opening night and will be out six weeks.


[Photo via The Denver Post]



Mark Garbino

Journalism major at the University of New Hampshire.

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