The undermanned CBJ came back out in the second period with a bit more jump in their step, but kept taking penalties that interfered with any chance of setting up a consistent offensive cycle. Dalton Prout dropped the gloves with Lucic in the second period, and came out with at least a draw. Good to see him stepping up, and trying to get the team rolling.
Late in the period, Seidenburg went shoulder to the head on Nick Foligno. We'll see if it gets reviewed by Shanny. Nick took exception, and went after him, drawing an unsportsmanlike conduct and a 10 minute misconduct, so the period was ended with the CBJ on the penalty kill and no scoring in the period.
Early in the third period, CMac got victimized by a slap shot from Lucic that hit Jack Johnson's skate, went up in the air, and floated over CMac's head and into the goal. Whaddaya gonna do? Then Dougie Hamilton tripped Ryan Johansen, and on the ensuing power play, Joey scored on a nasty little wrist shot for his team leading 10th goal of the year.
I don't see this as a roller coaster game. The CBJ brought reasonable energy to the game, but they are just not at the same level as the Bruins. The Bruins had no players out with injury. The CBJ have significant injuries, not that a healthy roster would have brought them to that level. The better team won tonight.
I think in the last Bruins game I commented that I thought Ryan Murray found the game pretty 'rich', or in other words, a difficult game. I felt he definitely moved past that in this game, and had a pretty solid outing. The Bruins field a lineup with a number of veterans who play the same type of game as Boone Jenner. That made it a learning environment for the young forward. He didn't play too bad, but it was an educational experience. Our young guys continue to learn and develop, so that's a positive from this game.
In terms of the series, Boston takes it. This really puts us in a hole that we need to make up somewhere else across the schedule if we want to make the playoffs. We're in the hole with the Penguins and the Caps too, which complicates things. So this loss hurts, but I don't think it's shocking that we couldn't handle Boston. No wailing or gnashing of teeth. Time to move on.
Jackets play Bruins
A bounce, a tip, an air ball
Is all Boston needs
Next up, the Stamko-less 'Bolts at Nationwide on Tuesday.