Bruins Struggle in Opening Homestand

I had previously hoped that the Bruins worst game of the season was already behind them after only 2 games.   If I had bet on that, I would have lost….maybe twice.  The Bruins had bounced back nicely from their opening night no-show loss to Washington with a 7-2 spanking of Carolina, but one game does not indicate a turnaround.  Would the Bruins build on the momentum of the Carolina victory, or slide backwards and lay an egg?

In game 3, the Bruins laid an egg that could have made an omelette for Kirstie Alley. kristie alley fat They came out against the (no longer ‘Mighty’) Ducks fast and furious, running up a 15-5 shot advantage early on and registering 19 shots on goal in the first period.  Sadly, only one of those shots beat Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller, the pride of Felben Wellhausen, Switzerland; a low slapper of the stick of Marco Sturm.  The Bruins had a 1-0 lead after one period. It was all downhill from there.

Early in the second period, the Bruins took a couple of ill-advised penalties, the Ducks scored two quick goals for a 2-1 lead, and the Bruins fell apart like a Chinese motorcycle.  Hunwick in particular  looked bad, and he’s starting to remind me of Admiral James Stockdale a bit:

The final score of 6-1 was pretty indicative of the lack of resistance that the B’s showed the rest of the way.

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Next, the (definitely not ‘Mighty’) Islanders came to town. This would be just the elixir for the seemingly hungover Bruins, right?  Another disaster newcoke seemed imminent, however, when the Islanders led 3-0 with less than ten minutes left in the third period.  Showing their first signs of life in four and a half periods, the Bruins stormed back on goals by Savard, Bitz and Hunwick in the last eight minutes of regulation to tie the game 3-3 and force overtime.  The 4-3 shootout win (Savard – winning SHO goal) was another good sign, as the B’s have been on the losing end of more than their share of shootouts Shoot-out over the past few years.  Those extra points add up, and the Bruins will need every one of  ’em if their play does not improve.  But rallying from a 3-0 deficit in the third period is no blueprint for success, and the Bruins stole two points in this game.

To close out the rare season-opening home stand (5 games), Colorado came into town for the Columbus Day columbus_christopher matinee.   Unfortunately, the Avalanche came out in the first period and treated the Bruins like Columbus treated the Indians.  The Avs took a 2-0 lead, outshooting the Bruins 20-5 in the first stanza.  Awakening briefly from their coma like Sunny Von Bulow martha_von_bulow240 to take another Valium, the Bruins stormed back to tie the game 2-2 on goals by Mark Recchi and Blake Wheeler.  Shall we start to count the games until Wheeler gets another one?  But Ms. Von Bulow quickly lapsed back into unconsciousness and the Bruins were down 4-2 again by the end of period two.  Once again at center stage was Matt  Hunwick, leading the game of Twister twister_1966 that the Bruins were apparently playing in front of the bench.  But Colorado’s David Jones DavyJones cleverly remember it was a hockey game, and he took a feed from T.J. Galiardi and broke in alone from the Scotch ‘n Sirloin to once again provide a two goal cushion for the Avs.  This was also a shorthanded goal.  The fact that Colorado had an O’Reilly in their lineup (Ryan O’Reilly) was also slightly ironic. This was not Terry O’Reilly style Bruins hockey.

The Bruins play their first two road games this weekend in Dallas and Phoenix. Hopefully the road brings out better play from a Bruins team that is struggling to find its way in a league full of teams they can no longer surprise.

Definitely not a good opening home stand for the Bruins. Their record was 2-3, but they essentially had four clunkers out of five, and the one win over Carolina  may have been a product of leftover emotion from last year’s playoff loss.  The Bruins need to find a way to tap that emotion for every game, and this home stand showed they have alot of work to do in terms of motivation.

Maybe we would have been better off with the Circus ringling-brothers-circus-performing-elephant-posters in town, like every other year.

The stale air at the Garden couldn’t stink any more than it does right now.

To end on a happy note, here’s a man boxing a kangaroo.

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4 Responses to “Bruins Struggle in Opening Homestand”

  1. Kristie Alley Says:

    Hey Clarence, lay off the fat jokes or you’re off to the glue factory! FYI, I have no problem with eggs, its the toast and butter…

    http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20276768,00.html

    • clarencethehorse Says:

      My father told me about that glue factory {gulp}. I’ll be good. And my apologies to Ms. Alley. I was obviously projecting my insecurities about my own weight.

  2. Claus Van Bulow Says:

    Clarence,
    was the Bruins’ coma also related to low blood sugar? Any evidence of insulin? Watch out Claude

    Claus

  3. clarencethehorse Says:

    I had my suspicions about you, Claus. You are officially uninvited to the Bruins first annual clean-needle exchange at the Garden.

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