Bruins outworked again; Seguin strikes
October, 12, 2011
By James Murphy | ESPNBoston.com
The Bruins lost their second straight game, falling 3-2 to the Carolina Hurricanes, and are now 1-3-0 on the young season. Just as they did in their 1-0 loss to the Avalanche on Monday, the Bruins lacked a complete, teamwide effort and the hungrier Hurricanes made them pay.
Joni Pitkanen, Anthony Stewart and Jiri Tlusty scored for the Hurricanes while Tyler Seguin and Brad Marchand lit the lamp for Boston. Tim Thomas made 31 saves in the loss and Carolina's Cam Ward made 26.
Bruins get outworked again -- Give the Bruins credit, they didn’t hide from the fact they were outworked in their 1-0 loss to the Avalanche on Monday afternoon. But walking the walk and talking the talk are different things, and right now the Bruins are guilty of the latter. On Wednesday night, they were outworked by a hungrier Carolina squad looking for its first win of the season. After matching the physical intensity of the Hurricanes in the first period, the Bruins went into prevent mode and allowed Carolina to take it to them. If not for Thomas, this game could have gotten really ugly. Yes, the Bruins put pressure on in the final minutes, but this team needs a full 60-minute effort, which it got in its lone win Saturday night against Tampa Bay. Going five-plus periods without a goal, as the Bruins did until Seguin’s third-period tally, is unacceptable for a team this skilled.
Power play remains anemic -- The Bruins can point all they want to the fact they won the Stanley Cup last season despite a 16.2 percent success rate in the regular season and an 11.4 percent success rate in the playoffs. But the likelihood of a team winning it all with such an anemic power play is very slim, which also describes the state of the B's man-advantage. The Bruins scored on their first power play of the season, and after going 0-for-5 Wednesday night, have failed in all 17 attempts since. They need to figure this out soon.
Seguin moves up -- With David Krejci out of the lineup, coach Claude Julien decided to reward second-year forward Seguin, who had three assists through the first three games, and slotted him into the center spot on the first line between Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton. The 19 year-old rewarded Julien by playing another solid two-way game, utilizing his speed and awareness to score his first goal of the season at 4:07 of the third period. Seguin had been skating on the third line with Chris Kelly and Benoit Pouliot the last two games, and with Kelly and Jordan Caron in the season opener. Look for Seguin to remain on the top line until Krejci comes back, and if he continues to excel, Julien will have some welcome tough decisions to make as to how to use the crafty youngster.
Marchand continues to silence sophomore slump talk -- After scoring 21 goals (42 points) in his rookie season, then living it up this summer celebrating the Bruins’ Stanley Cup win and getting a new two-year contract worth $5 million, many speculated that Brad Marchand could be in for a sophomore slump. But the pesky winger keeps impressing. Marchand cut the Hurricanes’ lead to 2-1 16:35 into the final period and was one of the few Bruins who skated hard on Wednesday night. Marchand has two goals and four points and is tied with Seguin for the team lead in points.
McQuaid injured -- Adam McQuaid went crashing awkwardly into the end boards early in the third period and did not return. McQuaid stumbled as he tried to get up after the hit and looked dazed. He finished the play, but then was helped to the bench by Zdeno Chara. A few minutes later he headed to the dressing room. McQuaid suffered a concussion from a very similar incident in the 2011 Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Flyers when he missed a hit on Mike Richards and went flying into the end boards in Game 1.
Lineup changes with Krejci out -- With Seguin moved up to the first line, Kelly centered Caron and Pouliot on the third. Caron had been a healthy scratch the last two games. Here’s what the lineup looked like:
Milan Lucic-Tyler Seguin-Nathan Horton
Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Rich Peverley
Jordan Caron-Chris Kelly-Benoit Pouliot
Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton
Zdeno Chara-Johnny Boychuk
Dennis Seidenberg-Joe Corvo
Andrew Ference-Adam McQuaid