We are now five games into the Bruins season, and three of these games can be filed under the “no-show” column. The latest disappointment was a 3-1 loss Sunday night in the team’s first-ever trip to Vegas to face the Golden Knights.
Prior to the game, news broke that Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was out with a concussion, leading to former Bruin Malcolm Subban making his first start since being claimed off of waivers just weeks ago. Vegas was also without forwards Jonathan Marchessault and Erik Haula. Coming off of a six-goal performance and facing an inexperienced goalie on a banged-up expansion team had all signs pointing in the Bruins’ direction.
This game went in the opposite direction, and the Bruins only generated 22 shots all night, never really testing Subban. Their one goal came with 30 seconds remaining in the game when they put together their first shift with real offensive pressure.
At that point, I felt bad to see Subban have his shutout broken. I’m sure he was still happy to defeat the team that he was never able to earn a spot on.
The Bruins not only shot themselves in the foot on offense; They did it on the other end, too. Neither team was able to generate any offense for the first 34 minutes of the game until Sean Kuraly had the puck stripped from him at center ice, leading to a breakaway goal by Alex Tuch.
The next goal came just a few minutes later on a net-front scramble that Vadim Shipachyov jammed in past a sprawled out Rask. This is something the Bruins did not do all night: battle in front of the net. The vast majority of their shots came from non-danger areas and were covered up or swept away without any threat of rebounds. They made this game way too easy on Subban.
Still without Patrice Bergeron and David Backes, the situation went from bad to worse on the injury front. Ryan Spooner left the game with a lower-body injury (still unsure what caused it), and Adam McQuaid had to be helped off the ice after being hit by a Colin Miller slap shot. It just HAD to be Colin Miller, didn’t it?
The former Bruin has a rocket of a shot, and the puck caught McQuaid on the side of the leg where there is not much protection. He stayed down on the ice motionless for about 30 seconds before practically being carried to the locker room. The only update head coach Bruce Cassidy provided after the game was that McQuaid would be re-assessed over the next couple of days.
This concluded an unsuccessful 1-2-0 road trip, and the Bruins will head back to Boston for a four-game home stand. These four games will take place over the next 13 days, giving them plenty of time to regroup and hopefully get some injured (or sick) players back.
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