By Benjamin Aliber
On Monday night, the Boston Bruins two-game win streak was snapped as they fell to the young and exciting Anaheim Ducks, 5-3. Boston was outshot by Anaheim 27-26, but led in almost every other category; hits, faceoffs, and takeaways.
Here are three instant takeaways from the Bruins’ loss, which brings them to 24-13-2 on the campaign.
Tuukka Rask still needs time to adjust
It might be time for the Bruins to reconsider Tuukka Rask’s role. Tuukka Rask has not been playing well. Through four games, Rask has a 2-2 record with a 4.28 goals against average. Rask now owns a .844 save percentage (76 saves on 90 shots) in his four starts. A fair share of Bruins fans apparently agree, as “We want Swayman” chants were heard loud and clear at TD Garden on Monday night.
As we know that Rask had hip surgery last offseason and has not has not played professionally in over a year. Now if this were to continue we would worry about pulling the alarm, but this is the Bruins franchise leader in wins, and games played we are talking about. Linus Ullmark went through a rough patch to start the season as well, so give it time, and everything will fall into place.
David Pastrnak is indeed-back
Bruins fans everywhere can be confident their star right winger has gotten his rhythm back. In 13 games since the start of the new year, Pastrnak has kicked the gate wide open. Not only has he scored 12 goals over that span, he has collected a hat-trick, three games with two goals, and served up three assists.
After last night, David Pastrnak did his part by getting the B’s on the board in the second period with his 20th goal of the season. He got some help from a beautiful Tomas Nosek assist. If Pastrnak can keep this streak going, he is on pace for a 45 goal season. If he does that every season for the next four, he will have tied Johnny Bucks’ record for most consecutive 20-goal seasons in franchise history.
You get a goal, you get a goal, everybody gets a goal
The Bruins defensive game has not been good. While they put up a 5-7 record in their most recent homestand, and went 10-3 in their last 13, the majority of those games the Bruins did not deserve to win. Since 2022 started, Boston has been scored on an average of 2.92 goals per game, but let’s just call it three for good measure.
In fact, of those 38 goals, 16 came in the first period. Only four of those 13 games had zero goals against in the first. The team has been collapsing defensively, and while part of the reason is their injury riddled d-core, they need a drastic change and fast if they are to compete with teams such as Carolina and Florida.
The Bruins play in Colorado tomorrow as they take on the Avalanche, puch drop 10pm EST.