The Bruins lost their second game this season, dropping their record to 1-2, while the Avalanche picked up their first win of the year. The Bruins did not look as sharp as they did on Saturday night, when they beat the Lightning 4-1, and now they must go on the road for their next couple games.
The 1-0 loss to Colorado today was not a pretty one, as Boston looked groggy and not ready to play or compete. Here are my five observations from the Bruins’ third game of the season.
Number Five- Semyon Varlamov
Varlamov, the goaltender Colorado acquired from the Washington Capitals this offseason, was sensational in net against the Bruins on Monday afternoon. The Bruins did look very sluggish and did not have many big opportunities, but when they did Varlamov was there to save the day for the Avalanche, similar to the performance by Iyla Bryzgalov of Philadelphia last Thursday.
Number Four- Top Line Struggles
We mentioned after the first game of the season that the top line did not look great, but not to be concerned. So far, the only first line goal has been David Krejci against Tampa Bay. Well, the line was once again invisible on Monday against Colorado. Krejci, Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton have been almost unnoticeable for two of the first three games.
If the Bruins want to succeed offensively, they need their top trio to step up.
Number Three- Patrice Bergeron
One player who has not suffered from this Stanley Cup hangover has been Patrice Bergeron. Bergeron is a player who is a leader on the power play, penalty kill and even strength, and he has been at the forefront for the forwards. His line with Brad Marchand and Rich Peverley has been good on the whole, really the only line playing with any consistency.
Number Two- Tuukka Rask
Rask played his first game of the season on Monday, and he looked pretty sharp. He kept the Bruins in the game early on and gave them a chance to come back and win the game. The goal he allowed in the third period could be called soft, but it was the only goal he allowed and it came on a deflection. Rask is going to be an important part of this season for the Bruins, who have to give Tim Thomas more rest this year.
Number One- Stanley Cup Hangover
The aforementioned Stanley Cup hangover seems to be a legitimate problem with this team. Their first game versus Philadelphia could be described as lethargic, and this game looked the same. Even in the Tampa Bay game, their real scoring did not pick up until late. The best thing that can happen for this team is the upcoming road trip, even if it is just two games.
The Bruins return on Wednesday night when they play the Hurricanes in Raleigh. The game will be at 8 p.m. on the Versus Network.