What is it with this team at home so far this season? The Bruins dropped another game at the Garden, 5-3 to the Stars. The B’s are now 1-4-1 at home. After a good first, the Bruins fell behind 3-2 entering the third and then fell apart. Now for the Good, Bad and Ugly from last night:
1. Tyler Seguin: Man, imagine if the Bruins had a young sniper like Seguin. Boy that would be nice, wouldn’t it?
2. Loui Eriksson: 2 more goals last night for Loui. He’s having a good year, and could be a decent trade chip if the Bruins fall out of the playoff hunt.
3. Colin Miller: 1st NHL goal.
1. Tuukka Rask: 5 goals on 19 shots isn’t going to get it done. Sure, a couple were absolute snipes by Seguin, but Rask has to come up with the big save more consistently. As we’ve said previously, there is no goalie controversy here but Rask, by his own admission, has to be better.
2. The PK: Dallas was 3-4 on the PP last night, which is unacceptable. The B’s started off well, killing the 1st penalty, and could’ve extended their lead to 3-1 if Brad Marchand capitalized on a breakaway. Also, this:
3. Power Play: 1-3 on the PP last night, and two bad ones at the end when the B’s needed some momentum.
The only thing that goes in the ugly column is Chris Kelly, who went down with a broken femur on a non-contact play and will be out for 6-8 months. Kelly has been somewhat of a whipping boy in Bruins Nation mainly for the fact that he is overpaid and tends to miss open nets. But no one wants to see that. Kelly is good in the room, and one has to worry about how the Bruins will handle his loss. By their own admission, the trade of Johnny Boychuk before the start of last season left the Bruins trying to find their smile and seemingly unable to put it aside and focus on the task at hand.
Let’s hope that isn’t the case this time around, and the B’s have a capable replacement in Max Talbot, plus opening an opportunity for someone like Alex Khokhlachev to step up.
The other plus, and this is really cold, but it does open up some cap space if (when) the B’s decide to put Kelly on LTIR. It doesn’t seem to be a ton, but here is a quick rundown:
It doesn’t get any easier for the Bruins this week: Thursday @ Washington, Saturday @ Montreal (without Carey Price, though) and Sunday @ NY Islanders.