The Boston Bruins surprisingly didn’t show up last night, and consequently lost to the lowly Ottawa Senators by the final score of 5-2.
The performance from a fan perspective could be summed up with the following adjectives: putrid, atrocious, horrendous, horrible, and even nauseating.
What’s even more intriguing, is that the TSN play-by-play camera crew caught some interesting body language displayed from Bruins forwards, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron. With approximately just over 4 minutes remaining in regulation time, head coach Bruce Cassidy decided to pull goaltender Tuukka Rask for the extra attacker to coincide with the Bruins 50 seconds of power-play time left to work with. Essentially, it was a 6-on-4 advantage for the Bruins that Cassidy thought was ideal at the time. Shortly after Cassidy’s decision was made to pull Rask, Sens forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored the empty net goal. Both Marchand and Bergeron were left shaking their heads in animosity as they skated by. That body language displayed by both Marchand and Bergeron was clearly in response to coach Cassidy’s decision to pull Rask too early with substantial time remaining on the clock. Even the Senators play-by-play announcers voiced their opinions on the frustration left on the ice by both, Marchand and Bergeron.
Is this the beginning of a possible coaching controversy in Beantown? The odds say “not likely” given Bruce Cassidy’s track record as the tenured Bruins head coach. Nevertheless, it’s definitely worth “keeping an eye on” over these next few road games. Both Bergeron and Marchand are well-known to speak loudly in the locker room, and the players tend to follow their proven leadership.
The Bruins now find themselves in a bit of a slump, as they’re now winless in 3 consecutive games (0-2-1). Let’s hope the team’s fortunes can quickly turn around on back-to-back upcoming games against the Washington Capitals and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday and Thursday night respectively.
*Article written by Travis Hauer