Scratches: Horton(concussion), Peverley(MCL), Bodnarchuk(healthy scratch)
Starters:: Patrice Bergeron,Brad Marchand, Tyler Seguin, Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg
Tim Thomas in net against Backstrom for the Wild
The Bruins create some early pressure with the line of Milan Lucic, David Krejci and Benoit Pouliot creating several chances down low.
Daniel Paille with a partial breakaway and a few nice chances thus far in the first period.
Seidenberg turns it over to Nick Johnson right in front of Boston net, but Tim Thomas deflects it. No score with just under ten to go.
Krejci with a great effort to toss the puck & put it toward a vacated Wild net, but nobody home for Boston. 5:00 left in the 1st
First penalty goes to Minnesota Wild’s Powe, goaltender interference.
Campbell nearly converts on a pass from Kelly at the horn, and gets surrounded by the Wild after the play
Kelly and Bergeron lines have provided some nice offensive opportunities, along with Paille. Nice effort on the offensive end and Thomas is standing tall in between the pipes.
Shots on goal are tied at 13 a piece.
Lucic with a wrap around attempt and Krejci jammed at it. Save by Backstrom.
Lucic took a stick from Schlutz, a little extra pushing and shoving after the whistle. Messing with his jaw on the bench in obvious pain.
Just under t13:00 left inthe second and we remain scoreless.
Long pass to Krejci, Lucic throws it at the net and its deflected away by Backstrom.
Both teams came out of the locker room with good speed and tempo this period..
Bergeron with a nice opportunity.
Bruins controlling possession most of the second period. Bruins applying nice pressure in the offensive zone.
Thomas gets caught outside the paint and Minnesota capitalizes. 1-0 Wild
Kelly to the box for a trip with 4:57 left
Cullen scores on the PP for MIN. 2-0 Wild. Assists to Setoguchi, Spurgeon at 15:30 of the 2nd
Almost two-on-one opportunity and it’s broken up by CORVO.
The familiar pattern of try hard until the other team scores then give up is becoming a bad habit. Thomas needs to begin to play smarter and make saves INSIDE the paint. Enough of this “aggresive play.” Defense needs to step it up and stay focused. End of 2 shots are even at 26.
Bruins need to come out playing like the strong third period team that they have always been known for. They need to score right from the get go to get the momentum going. Possibly even get Shawn Thornton or Adam McQuaid in a scrum. Something needs to get this team in the game.
Seguin comes flying up the wing and throws a wrister at Backstrom which he holds onto.
Seguin with a chance off the face off,save, then with a rebound backhand opportunity that’s kicked away by Backstrom.
To be expected Shawn Thornton drops the gloves and gets hammered on. Gets his arm fee and gets a couple right to the jaw of Kassian. Thornton with the upper vut and after a long bout it gets broken up. Thronton icing the hand and has some blood on his head, definitely took some heavy hits against him. He got caught with his head down and that’s all it took.
Ortmeyer got the puck behind Boychuk, took a shot and was saved by Thomas, the rebound from Rau with a wrap around they try to chip it in off the rebound, a sprawling Thomas makes the save. Minneosta with the momentum, shot off the cross bar, Bruins STILL can’t clear it out. Bruins defense is where the real issues lie tonight.
Boychuk rips it from the blue line and it’s held on to just under eleven left in regulation.
Chara up the middle with some nice stick work, goes down but manages to get it across to Lucic who snaps it at the net, not enough elevation and with a lightning fast grab Backstrom holds on for the save. Lucic is getting extremely frustrated slamming his stick to the ice.
Some fancy dancing stick work by Corvo to get a shot off and he races back to be the only defenseman on a two-on-one breakaway that is saved by Thomas. Corvo has shown up tonight.
Seguin with another offsides call, again. Bruins need to play smarter if the want to catch up in the next six minutes.
Corvo and Seguin lead the Bruins with shots. Lots of creative opportunities from Seguin and Krejci, need to get the rebounds for better chances.
1:30 to go and an icing call in favor of Boston, empty net, time out Boston.
That’ll do it, after 60 minutes and 49 shots the Bruins still come up short and fall to the Minnesota Wild 2-0. That’s their fourth shut out loss since the beginning of February.
Next game is Wednesday at 8pm EST against the St. Louis Blues on NESN.