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Talking Points: Sloppy Play Ends Bruins Win Streak In 4-3 Loss To Ducks

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The Boston Bruins got caught ‘California Dreamin’ and finally came back down to earth in a frustrating 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night.

Ducks forward Trevor Zegras scored his 14th goal of the season on the powerplay with 21.6 seconds left in regulation and snapped a five-game win streak for the Bruins who are now 3-1-0 on their current six-game road trip that now heads to Las Vegas for a tilt with the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday.

The Ducks took advantage of a flat Boston Bruins team and took an early 1-0 lead on a Rickard Rakell powerplay goal 6:33 into regulation. After Boston Bruins winger Nick Foligno tied the game at one at 8:15 into the first period, and the Ducks answered back with two straight goals from Isac Lundestrom and Adam Henrique in a span of 1:10 to close the opening frame, the Bruins awoke from their early slumber. Brandon Carlo cut the Ducks’ lead to one 11:15 into the second period and David Pastrnak tied the game 1:52 into the third period.

Whether it was the fatigue from four games in six nights or just a Ducks team playing desperate hockey to stay in the Western Conference playoff race, the Bruins reverted back to the sloppy play of the first period after Pastrnak’s goal. The helter-skelter play that ensued after that eventually led to the Zegras game-winner.

Boston Bruins goalie Linus Ullmark (24 saves), did all he could to give the Bruins a chance to extend overtime with 11 saves in the third period and some huge ones in the waning moment but it wasn’t enough.

Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson finished the game with 31 saves.

GOLD STAR: Trevor Zegras – The highlight reel machine came up clutch again for the Ducks with a goal and an assist, including the game-winner in the final seconds of the game.

 

BLACK EYE: First Period And Final 5 Minutes Of Third Period – For a variety of reasons, this game smelled like a trap for the Bruins, and sure enough, that’s how it looked in the opening frame. The Bruins were a discombobulated bunch from the get-go and they were truly lucky to be down by just two goals after the first period. Turnovers and to be honest, lazy plays did them in and they would rear their ugly head again in the final minutes of the game as well.

TURNING POINT: McAvoy Hooking Penalty – Ok, let’s first acknowledge all who lambasted me on Twitter when I called out Charlie McAvoy on his hooking penalty at 19:14 of the third period that led to the game-winning powerplay goal by Zegras. Yes, Craig Smith’s turnover led to McAvoy’s hooking call but still, McAvoy is an elite defenseman in the NHL now and needs to find an alternative there. No one is excusing Smith’s boneheadedness but forgive me for holding McAvoy to a higher standard. While he deserves to be held to that higher standard, he needs to meet it when it matters most.

HONORABLE MENTION: Nick Foligno – If you’re an old-school hockey guy like myself, anytime a player gets the ‘Gordie Howe Hat Trick’ (goal, assist, fight), it brings joy to the hockey soul. Seeing a veteran, heart and soul type player like Nick Foligno avenge a fight with Ducks forward Sam Carrick that left him concussed earlier in the season and score his first goal in 17 games just 8:15 into the regulation was great.

 

 

 

Then to see him assist on Carlo’s goal midway through the second for the Gordie Howe Hat Trick was pretty cool. Here’s hoping Foligno finds a role in the Bruins lineup going forward.

BY THE NUMBERS: 6 – The Bruins were unable to extend their win streak to six games but Pastrnak scored his 29th goal of the game and extended his point streak to six games after going pointless in four straight games.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “Other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how’d ya like the play?” – NESN Bostin Bruins play-by-play man Jack Edwards after partner and color-man Andy Brickley recounted the Bruins’ third period demise.

 

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Rick W Murray

They’ve got to get rid of Ullmark he is not even a good backup goalie. Every time he starts even before the game begins you’re down by a couple of goals.

Tucker Bones

I think this was more about the Bruins playing very sloppy at times. Ullmark played ok. I agree with Jimmy here. That sloppiness has to stop. Hoping this game was a one off and the Bruins true colours are what we’ve witnessed the past 5 games prior to last night.

[…] The Boston Bruins got caught ‘California Dreamin’ and finally came back down to earth in a frustrating 4-3 loss to the Anaheim Ducks Tuesday night. Ducks forward Trevor Zegras scored his 14th goal of the season on the powerplay with 21.6 seconds left in regulation and snapped a five-game win streak for the Bruins who are now 3-1-0 on their current six-game road trip that now heads to Las Vegas for a tilt with the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday. (Boston Hockey Now) […]

Bob Lataille

McAvoy’s hook is what happens when you’re hemmed in your zone and running out of gas…all of which happened because of Smith’s HORRIBLE pass. He cost the team a point. How on earth you hold McAvoy as the primary blame because he should supposedly be at an elite level is beyond me. When players are running around and tired, they make mistakes. It happens. But, it DOESN’T happen if Smith just gets the puck out of the zone to begin with. What a dreadful play.

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