Offense Wins Games, Defense Wins Championships, And The Bruins Are Doing Neither

My beloved Boston Bruins took on the New York Rangers Wednesday night for the first time this season. I knew this game was going to be tough. The Rangers are too hot right now to let this rag tag Boston team come into Madison Square Garden and beat them. However, the first period said otherwise. I usually put the game on a few minutes early to make sure I don’t miss anything, but I got a little too into watching Kris Bryant and the Cubs take control of game two. ANYWAY, as soon as I turned the game on, David Pastrnak buried one in the back of the net, which got me more excited than you could probably imagine. Mostly because it was against Henrik Lundqvist. For those of you who don’t know me personally, I do not like Lundqvist. At all. What I do like is when my team scores against him, which happened twice in the first period. New kid Austin Czarnik scored his first career NHL goal tonight, and put the B’s up 2-0 early. In another story of firsts, Zane McIntyre got his first NHL start, after relieving Malcolm Subban of his duties the night before against Minnesota. Maybe it was all the adrenaline, but this kid played like he’s been doing this for years.

The first period ended and I was feeling good. The entire team looked good, even the defense which is beyond rare. And then it happened. New York started scoring. One right after the freakin’ other. Just like that, 5-2. I’ll admit it, I’m the first to blame the goalie when this happens, but I absolutely can’t put full blame on McIntyre. He stood on his head for a good portion of the second period, mostly because the B’s were on the penalty kill pretty much the entire time. That’s an exaggeration of course, but it felt like it.

I knew this defense wasn’t good, but I didn’t think they were this bad. I wouldn’t even go as far as saying bad, I’d go more along the lines of lazy. Routine stuff looked like it was too much for these guys, everything was sloppy and careless. Krejci and Krug are most at fault for this, two guys who are supposed to be defensive leaders; one even wears the A on his jersey. After the Rangers tied the game up, you could tell these guys were pissed off and for good reason, but they did NOTHING about it. You’d think it’d light a fire under their asses and make them play to the fullest potential but it was almost the opposite. Something’s got to give. Someone’s got to take charge in that locker room and wake this team up. I know it’s still wicked early in the season, but if this goes any further I might rip my hair out.

After a promising start to the season, Boston has lost their last three games. What makes this even worse is the next few games on the schedule are far from easy. After tonight it’s Detroit, Florida, Tampa, and then the Rangers again. Prayers will be accepted and are even encouraged.

I never thought I’d say this, but I miss Tuukka…




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