Talking Points: Bruins suffer tough 5-2 loss to Devils


Talking points from the Bruins' 5-2 loss to the Devils. . .

GOLD STAR: Blake Coleman made a pretty big statement early in the game when he clobbered Brad Marchand on his very first shift, perhaps in a little payback for Marchand’s elbow to the head of Marcus Johansson last season. Then he went on to score a pair of goals for the Devils with a plus-1 rating in 18:08 of ice time, had four shots on net, four hits, a blocked shot and a takeaway while playing physical, opportunistic hockey at both ends of the ice. The blocked shot on Torey Krug in the third period that he turned into a breakaway goal to give the Devils a 3-1 lead really turned out to be the dagger for the Black and Gold. Coleman is certainly underrated at this point in his career, but there’s no doubt that the Bruins know who he is after tonight’s game.

BLACK EYE: There are a lot of places you could probably go in a game where not many B’s players did much of note. But Torey Krug probably ends up getting the dis-honors for not having a single shot on net in 22 plus minutes of ice time, and one of the few shot attempts he had was blocked by Blake Coleman and turned into a breakaway for New Jersey’s third goal of the game. That play in the third period really turned out be a game-breaker for the Devils, and ultimately turned into the game-winning goal for New Jersey when it was all said and done. Krug has actually been playing at a very high level as of late, but he was nowhere near that on Thursday night as the B’s re-introduced Zdeno Chara and Kevan Miller back into the lineup.  

TURNING POINT: The Bruins truly lost the game on the Blake Coleman blocked shot turned breakaway in the third period, but it was essentially lost in the first minute of the game when New Jersey scored immediately on the B’s. It was a bit of a statement from New Jersey on that first shift as Coleman (again!) took out Brad Marchand behind the play, and created an odd-man rush situation where Damon Severson was able to play as a trailer and fire a shot inside the far post without a defender around to slow him down. Once the Devils had that early goal, it looked like it weighed on the B’s attack that they were going to have to play catch-up hockey.

HONORABLE MENTION: There were far too many passengers on the Boston Bruins in Thursday night’s loss, but Patrice Bergeron was not one of them. Bergeron scored on a redirection in front in the third period with the goalie pulled, and added that to an incredibly active night where he finished with five shots on net, 10 total shot attempts, a couple of hits, a blocked shot and 14-of-24 face-off wins in 20:22 of ice time. Bergeron had a bevy of good scoring chances in the first period when he was freed up on several occasions for chances in the slot, but New Jersey goalie Mackenzie Blackwood was good enough to stop Bergeron’s scoring chances until he finally broke through in the third period.  

BY THE NUMBERS: 3 – the number of injured players that the Bruins introduced into the lineup for Thursday night’s game against the Devils with Zdeno Chara, Kevan Miller and Jake DeBrusk all returning from injuries.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "We're chasing it the whole night. When you chase it, you usually end up not catching it. That's just the way it works in this league." –Bruce Cassidy, on what caused the B’s problems in Thursday night’s loss to the Devils. 

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