Instant response, takeaways from Bruins’ season-ending Game 7 loss initially appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Home ice performed an enormous benefit on this collection with the house staff successful each single sport. All 4 highway video games for the Bruins adopted the same script — falling into an early gap and never having the ability to get better. Carolina led 3-1 many of the third interval earlier than the Bruins scored with 21.7 seconds left to chop the deficit to 1.
The Bruins’ defeat begins an offseason that needs to be a pivotal one for the brief and long run way forward for the franchise. First-line heart and staff captain Patrice Bergeron‘s contract is about to run out. It’s not recognized whether or not he’ll come again or retire. Boston additionally has loads of roster weaknesses to deal with however lacks the caliber of prospects or draft decide capital to make substantial upgrades.
Before we begin waiting for the offseason, let’s evaluate three takeaways from Bruins-Hurricanes Game 7.
1) Consistently falling behind proved deadly for B’s
The Hurricanes scored first in six of the seven video games this collection, together with all 4 in Carolina.
The Bruins really have been taking part in fairly effectively for many of the opening 20 minutes, and so they had a pair high quality scoring probabilities, however the Hurricanes obtained on the board first at 18:36 of the interval when Max Domi took a cross from Jaccob Slavin and made a fairly feed to Teuvo Teravainen for the purpose.
It obtained worse for the Bruins on the finish of the primary interval. Taylor Hall took a nasty high-sticking penalty that was referred to as a double-minor. Carolina had three energy play alternatives within the first 20 minutes as a result of Boston simply could not keep out of the field. It was an enormous drawback for the Bruins all through the collection, particularly within the video games at PNC Arena, the place the ‘Canes held a 20-11 edge in energy performs.
Overall, the Bruins have been outscored 5-0 in first durations on the highway. If you have a look at the primary 40 minutes in these highway video games, the image is even worse for Boston.
The Bruins ranked twenty sixth in third interval objectives scored throughout the common season. They aren’t a high-powered staff offensively and so they aren’t constructed to beat multi-goal deficits, evidenced by their 1-13-0 file when trailing by 2-plus objectives getting into the third interval this season.
Falling behind typically and early allowed Carolina to play its bodily, aggressive forechecking fashion of hockey that is so troublesome to mount a comeback towards.
2) No puck luck
Hockey is a sport of inches, and the Bruins skilled that the arduous means in Game 7.
The Hurricanes doubled their result in 2-0 within the second interval on a fortunate bounce. Jordan Staal tried to deflect a shot in entrance of the web. He did not get a lot of the puck, but it surely bounced proper to Max Domi, who shortly shot it over the purpose line.
The key sequence within the sport occurred later within the second interval when Trent Frederic practically tied the rating. He beat ‘Canes goalie Antti Raanta however his shot rang off the submit. The Hurricanes scored on the following rush up ice when Domi fired a one-timer previous B’s goalie Jeremy Swayman to place Carolina forward by two once more.
The Bruins have been inches away from tying the sport and erasing a 2-0 deficit. Instead, the Hurricanes went up 3-1.
Boston’s greatest scoring likelihood of the third interval got here with about eight minutes remaining. Craig Smith made a tough cross to Charlie Coyle on a 2-on-1 rush, and as quickly because the puck hit the blade of his stick, it began bouncing and prevented the veteran heart from taking pictures into an open web.
You cannot depend on or count on any quantity of luck — it is a random factor. But groups that work arduous are likely to create their very own luck, and the Hurricanes’ relentless play all collection put themselves in place for good issues to occur.
3) Secondary scoring fails to point out up
Scoring depth once more failed the Bruins within the playoffs.
The Bruins had a 10-7 edge in shot makes an attempt, a 6-4 lead in pictures on web and outscored the Hurricanes 1-0 throughout the 10:04 of ice time the primary line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and Jake DeBrusk performed. When Boston’s prime line wasn’t on the ice at 5-on-5, Carolina held a 31-24 edge in shot makes an attempt, a 15-13 benefit in pictures on web and a 2-0 purpose differential.
The third and fourth strains have been particularly dangerous. This group tallied just one shot on web (Trent Frederic) by way of the primary interval. Coyle was on the ice for all three of the Hurricanes’ objectives. Coyle, Smith and Tomas Nosek have been all held with no single shot on web.
The Bruins spent chunk of cash in free company during the last two offseasons to deal with this scoring depth situation. The gamers who basic supervisor Don Sweeney introduced in failed to supply in an important sport of the season and the collection total.
Erik Haula: 0 G, 0 A, 1 SOG in Game 7 (1 G, 2 A, 9 SOG within the collection)
Nick Foligno: 0 G, 0 A, 1 SOG in Game 7 (0 G, 1 A, 6 SOG within the collection)
Tomas Nosek: 0 G, 0 A, 0 SOG in Game 7 (0 G, 2 A, 5 SOG within the collection)
Craig Smith: 0 G, 0 A, 0 SOG in Game 7 (0 G, 0 A, 13 SOG within the collection)
Taylor Hall scored one even-strength purpose within the collection, and it got here within the third interval of Game 1. His solely different purpose was a power-play tally in Game 3.
The Bruins’ prime gamers have been pressured to shoulder means an excessive amount of of the scoring burden in Round 1, particularly on the highway. An absence of high quality depth up entrance has been a deadly weak point for the B’s during the last 5 years.