On October 14, 2019, The Boston Bruins played a matinee against the Anaheim Ducks.
The Anaheim Ducks came to the TD Garden for a Monday afternoon matinee, and early on, it appeared that the only thing standing between the Bruins and a rout was the Ducks goalie, John Gibson. He made several outstanding saves early in the first period on Brett Ritchie and Danton Heinen while the rest of the Ducks were still waking up for the early start. David Pastrnak got the scoring started in the first period on the Power Play with a feed from Patrice Bergeron. Gibson had little chance on Pastrnak’s blast from his familiar spot inside the left dot. The remainder of the first period was pretty uneventful other than the Ducks starting to get a rhythm late in the period. While the period ended with the Bruins leading 1-0, Gibson prevented the Bruins from scoring another 2 or 3 goals with his solid play. At the other end of the ice, Jaroslav Halak didn’t see much rubber. Halak made crucial saves when needed.
In the second period, the Bruins came out flat and struggled to move the puck out of their zone at times. It looked as though they were on a completely different page from the 1st period and didn’t their system. Halak kept them in the game by keeping the score 1-0 and after a Bruins penalty kill. Brad Marchand stole the puck from the Ducks defenseman and, while moving off to Gibson’s right, fired a pass to a streaking Pastrnak who had just jumped off the bench, and Pastrnak popped a quick shot past Gibson to put the Bruins up 2-0. The Ducks got on the board late in the period when Rickard Rakell beat Halak to cut the score in half. The second period was probably the Bruins worst of the season to date as Halak had to stand tall against two breakaways and two 3 on 1 odd-man rushes all in the same period. To top it off, Pastrnak got called for a tripping penalty when he wasn’t close to the player. “Yeah – that was weird. I wasn’t even close to that guy. I don’t know what happen there” said Pastrnak. It was a bad call by the official, but Pastrnak took it in stride, “Good kill by the guys, I guess.”
The third period started like the first with the Bruins seemingly back in the groove, and after four consecutive icing calls against the Ducks, Bergeron took advantage of the rule that allows the team that didn’t ice the puck to pick on which dot the face-off takes place. Bergeron won the face-off, which bounced over to Pastrnak, and he immediately snapped it home for a 3-1 lead and his first hat trick of the season. That goal seemed to energize the Bruins as they just took over from that point and ended up drawing a holding penalty. The Power Play clicked once again as Pastrnak scored on a feed from Brad Marchand to give the Bruins a 4-1 lead and Pastrnak his first 4 goal game. At the 16:08 mark of the third, Halak mishandled a puck by his goal, and the Ducks capitalized for a goal by Adam Henrique.
The Bruins played a good game overall but once again fell flat in the second period this season and let the Ducks tilt the ice a bit in their favor. Charlie Coyle has yet to score this year, but his play has been strong. Hopefully, the puck luck comes as his play warrants it. David Krejci left the game in the 1st with an apparent wrist/hand injury, returned for a shift in the 2nd period, then did not return the rest of the game. Bruce Cassidy spoke about it after the game. “He tried to play through it, didn’t come back. We’ll see how he is. Tomorrow is an off day, so Wednesday we’ll have a better idea…hopefully he is good to go on Thursday against Tampa. Interesting to see how Bruce Cassidy manipulates the line combinations if Krejci is out any period of time.