In Game No. 15, a Bruins finally rolled out a invulnerability they had designed to see during a start of training camp. After blank all of a preseason and a initial 14 games, Dennis Seidenberg done his deteriorate entrance in Thursday’s 3-2 detriment to a Colorado Avalanche.
Seidenberg did not demeanour out of place. In 15:34 of ice time, a hard-nosed defenseman was credited with a game-high 6 hits and dual blocked shots. He was not on a ice for any goals against.
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Seidenberg’s return, however, did not residence a shortcomings of a defensive six-pack. Mobility and ability are not among this group’s trademarks. Seidenberg’s diversion does not prominence possibly characteristic.
“My purpose is personification my code of hockey, that is personification plain defensively and chastisement killing,” Seidenberg said. “Just creation elementary plays, personification earthy hockey, and winning my battles.”
Seidenberg’s ability set overlaps with 3 of his associate defensemen’s approaches. The defense-first Seidenberg has like-minded teammates in Zdeno Chara, Adam McQuaid, and Kevan Miller.
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Among Thursday night’s corps, Colin Miller and Torey Krug — a latter carrying missed a final dual practices since of an undisclosed ailment — were a dual defensemen who are good during skating, relocating a puck, and igniting a transition game.
Miller and Krug need some-more of a same.
“Puck transformation from a behind end,” manager Claude Julien pronounced when asked how his group could urge a breakouts. “Where is a improvement? It’s there sometimes. It is there. Tonight it wasn’t. So we’ve got to be a small bit improved with that, and it goes behind to what we said: coherence in a game. You see it one night. You don’t a next.”
Two of Colorado’s goals came off misfired attempts to mangle a puck out of a defensive zone. In a final notation of a second period, McQuaid tracked down a puck in a right corner. While underneath forechecking pressure, he attempted to chip a puck off a right play and out of a zone. He did some-more than that. McQuaid muscled a puck all a approach down a course and was called for icing.
Matt Duchene won a following faceoff opposite David Krejci. By winning a draw, Duchene triggered a set play. Erik Johnson overwhelmed a puck to Francois Beauchemin during a point. Joonas Kemppainen strike a rug to retard Beauchemin’s shot. The puck glanced off Kemppainen’s skate, altered direction, and fluttered past a infirm Tuukka Rask during 19:31, restraining a diversion during 2-2.
In a third period, it was Kevin Miller’s spin to commotion a breakout. After holding a handoff from Rask in a right corner, Miller stickhandled for several strides adult a ice. This authorised Ben Street to dispatch from a tip of a double and tighten on Miller. Because of Street’s complicated forecheck, Miller had nowhere to go solely adult a boards.
But Mikhail Grigorenko was stationed along a wall to sign off Miller’s chip. It went feeble from there. As Grigorenko pounded a net, Chara was trapped in no-man’s land. Before Chara could make a decision, Grigorenko snapped a cross-body pass to a tarnishing Duchene. The learned brazen done a Bruins compensate by gnawing a game-winner past Rask during 6:49 of a third.
Two sputtering breakouts. Two goals against.
“It’s not how it should be,” McQuaid pronounced of a team’s bent of permitting mistakes to perceptible on a scoreboard. “There’s going to be times in a diversion when things are going to happen. It’s how we conflict to them. For some reason, during times we need to have that follow-up shift, and we don’t find it. We’ve got to demeanour for it and move it to a game.”
The dermatitis unsuccessful a Bruins final season. Opponents knew to throttle off a Bruins by deploying dual forecheckers. Because it took a Bruins so prolonged to allege a puck out of their end, they couldn’t get to their rush diversion consistently enough.
This season, their transition diversion has flashed in bursts. But not regularly. Certainly not on Thursday opposite a Avalanche.
The Bruins looked pointy in a initial 10 minutes. It’s since they had their legs in core ice and pounded a Colorado net in waves.
But when their dermatitis sputtered, so did their slingshot transition diversion in a neutral zone. The Avalanche didn’t even need to send in dual forecheckers. They disrupted a Bruins adequate with only one forechecker and gummed adult core ice with 3 group wide.
Had a Bruins damaged a puck out cleanly, they would have had adequate speed by a neutral section to mangle down Colorado’s formation. They didn’t do that. They didn’t build a substructure of their game. They paid for it with their fifth detriment in 6 games on home ice.
Seidenberg should urge with some-more games. If so, he’ll authority some-more ice time and take divided mins from Kevan Miller (18:21). That competence not be good enough. The Bruins don’t only need assistance on defense. They need a specific kind of reinforcement: a mobile, cool-under-fire, puck inciter to spin flare-ups into non-events.
Perhaps Joe Morrow and Zach Trotman, who were healthy scratches on Thursday, will acquire their coaches’ trust. Or maybe ubiquitous manager Don Sweeney will secure assistance from outside.
The Bruins have 3 lines of able scorers. But their games cringe when their defensemen can’t get them a puck.Fluto Shinzawa can be reached during [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @GlobeFluto.