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Talking Points: Slumping Boston Bruins Fall In Third To Chicago



Here are the Talking Points from the Boston Bruins 6-3 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on Tuesday night.

GOLD STAR: Taylor Raddysh with three goals in the third period for the Blackhawks in an offensive explosion that truly defies explanation at both ends. Most of the Raddysh offense served as insurance stuff for Chicago with Raddysh banging home a loose puck in front to give the B’s some cushion on the scoreboard before he fired home a puck into an empty net late in the third. Raddysh finished with three goals and a plus-2 rating in 16:26 of ice time to go along with five shot attempts, two hits, two takeaways and a blocked shot. The three goals give Raddysh his first 20-goal season in his NHL career as one of the big pieces that came to Chicago in the deal for Brandon Hagel.

BLACK EYE: Connor Clifton and Derek Forbort were far from good on Tuesday night. A gassed Clifton was beaten to the net by Mackenzie Entwhistle in the first period for Chicago’s first goal and he was spun around and looking lost on another Taylor Raddysh goal late in the third period. Clifton finished with a minus-3 rating and Forbort also finished a minus-3 as well when he was turned around on a slick Boris Katchouk toe drag and drive to the net where he buried one top corner against Linus Ullmark. This pairing was brutal in every sense as both players looked like they were fighting it while simply trying to defend in their own zone.

TURNING POINT: The Boston Bruins lost the game in the third period that’s been their big-time strength all season. The B’s had tied things up at the end of the second period, which indicated they might have enough to push past the Blackhawks. Then they took a brief lead on a Pavel Zacha goal in the third period. But then the Hawks stormed out with a tying and go-ahead goal and watched as Tyler Bertuzzi had a possible goal waved off when a shot hit a crossbar and the bottom of the post before bouncing away from the net. That was Boston’s last, best hope as the Blackhawks poured on the pressure and added goals for the 6-3 win after that point.


HONORABLE MENTION: Hampus Lindholm finished as one of only two Boston Bruins players with a positive plus/minus rating when it was over, and posted a goal and two points along with a plus-1 rating in 24 plus minutes of ice time. Lindholm was the one kick-starting the offense with Boston’s first score and then it was his dump-in attempt that set up Tyler Bertuzzi winning a one-on-one battle with Seth Jones, and resulted in Bertuzzi feeding it to Trent Frederic for a game-tying goal at the end of the second period. It appeared to be a big goal at the time and Lindholm played a part in it, but that was before the wheels really came off for the Boston Bruins in the third period. Lindholm did all of that while playing with a banged up foot that forced him to skip Sunday’s game in Detroit when he had a sore foot.

BY THE NUMBERS: 36-20 – the hit advantage for the Chicago Blackhawks over the Bruins as the Hawks most definitely won the physical and effort advantage against the Black and Gold.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “It’s frustration. We’re not working as a team right now and it’s the first time all year I can say that. The energy and the emotion of our team right now is at levels that I haven’t seen all year.” –Boston Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery to NESN following Tuesday night’s loss.

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Bob Lataille

What an awful performance. This team looks gassed and done. The trade deadline acquisitions haven’t really helped either. The Bruins will have their hands full with whoever they meet in the first round.

Last edited 9 days ago by Bob Lataille

If healthy the bruins will beat anyone in 7 game series. Panic is for pu Sssies

Last edited 9 days ago by Mrbruin4
Dany Tremblay

I’m with you on that , where did you finish on your Wrestling Championships Mrbruin4?

Rick W Murray

The bruins are done. They used whatever they had to reach the top. The players look like they’d rather be home or playing golf. they need to sit some players bring up a few players from Providence. Players who really want to prove something and want to win Lauko, Merkulov, Georgii has been their best player all season long, Bussi is going to be an nhl goalie rest Ullmark who has been terrible lately, let Bussi start. I don’t think they’ll win another game this month unless they start resting some players. Lately they’ve been looking like the walking dead.… Read more »


Stop playing the 3rd line after scoring a goal. They’re always stuck in their zone and often been scored. Same thing for the last minute of the period, they struggle most of the time.

William Mahoney

I guess the Bruins are entitled to one total fiasco but hope they recognize their Chicago performance was embarrassment! Passing the puck – WOW?


Tough to win when your best players are not your best players. So much for the so-called depth on this team. I like Orlov but Sweeney should have also tried to acquire a goal scorer instead of Hathaway and Bertuzzi. Hopefully things will be better once Hall and Foligno are healthy. By the way, heading into last night’s game Pastrnak had a career high 91 turnovers which directly led to a scoring opportunity for the opposing team. Someone needs to pull him aside and tell him that sometimes the best play is to just dump the puck into the zone… Read more »


Agreed on Pasta and Marchy, probably 2 of the top players with the most giveaways in the league brutal you gotta wonder if the coaching staff is saying anything to these guys because it’s continuous every game. Some may not agree but IMO, I’d leave Marchy off the power play he’s the weak link, his passing is very predictable, Pasta not much better but if the pass is quick enough he’ll score. As for Hathaway, Bertuzzi, and Orlov, I think were great pick up . Has anyone seen Coyle ? And Fredrick is back to reality falling all over and… Read more »

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