Here are some upsides to the Boston Bruins‘ 2-1 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins. This time, the loss didn’t involve the death of a two-goal lead. The visiting Bruins out-shot the Penguins by a 32 to 18 margin, including a 12 to three margin in the final period as they tried to salvage something from this occasion.
The Bruins behaved very well and only took one penalty throughout the entire game. Tyler Seguin got his 10th goal of the season, so now he and Brad Marchand are the two Bs with more than 10 goals apiece. Despite this loss, the Bruins are still just one point out of the lead in the Northeast Division.
Now here are some downsides of the loss. The defeat made it so that Boston could not avenge both teams that dealt them big comeback losses earlier this month. The first line that was blazing hot just yesterday cooled down: Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic and David Krejci all ended the day with -1 ratings and Krejci left the game early after hurting his knee when he accidentally got thwacked by a Johnny Boychuk shot, although reportedly it’s not serious.
Speaking of Marchand, his production has also cooled off dramatically and he hasn’t scored a goal since March 5, although he has put up some assists since then. As for that penalty on Patrice Bergeron, it was flimsy at best. He barely tickled the puck with the tips of his fingers and it basically didn’t even move, giving the NBC announcers impetus for the creation of a coach’s challenge, but he still went in for that new-for-this-year penalty about playing the puck with the hand, a penalty so new that NHL boxscores don’t know how to translate it out of computer code.
Plus, that flukey second goal that gave the Pens the only lead they needed at the very end of the first period was not exactly pretty to look at, which is why NBC showed many replays of it. That is definitely a goal Tuukka Rask would rather have back.
Coach Claude Julien said postgame that he wasn’t disappointed in this game. He thought his team competed and had chances to win, but just couldn’t find the puck luck. Though it was St. Patrick’s Day, the luck of the Irish wasn’t with them. On to the next one–March 19, 8 p.m. Eastern in Winnipeg.
Since that game won’t be shown on NBC, fans won’t have to endure the nigh-constant talking about the other team, after all.