Friday, January 1, 2016

Bruins don't show up to Winter Classic, get embarrassed

Montreal Canadiens @ Boston Bruins game recap video, on January 1, 2016.
What an embarrassment. On national television, playing an outdoor game that only happens once a year against the team that is hated by most, and you give an embarrassing pathetic effort like that?

Every Bruins player should feel embarrassed and ashamed for their performance and effort. Maybe the one player who doesn't have to feel too bad as they played well was Matt Beleskey. The game was so bad and hard to watch as a Bruins fan I walked out of the room a few times during play. Some of the camera angles that NBC used didn't help, especially the constant moving ones where I had a hard time following the puck or knowing where exactly the puck was at.

The first two periods the Bruins were dead and showed it on the ice as Montreal controlled the play and dominated the Bruins. In the third period the Bruins woke up, which seems to happen far too much the past few seasons, but once Montreal scored the fourth goal you could see the Bruins revert back to no effort hockey, just pathetic to watch. What an embarrassment.

Quick game summary
In the first period, less than two minutes into the game, Canadiens David Desharnais scored, making the score 1-0 Montreal.

In the second period, two minutes into the period, Canadiens Paul Byron scored, making the score 2-0 Montreal. Later, Canadiens Brendan Gallagher scored, making the score 3-0 Montreal.

In the third period, Bruins Matt Beleskey scored his 8th goal of the season, making the score 3-1. Later, Canadiens Max Pacioretty scored, making the score 4-1 Montreal. Later, Bruins Jimmy Hayes and Canadiens Lars Eller had a dust up where Eller did his usual, start stuff and not back it up, as Hayes threw punches and Eller held on for dear life. Ten seconds later, Canadiens Paul Byron scored, making the score 5-1 Montreal. At the end of the game, Beleskey laid out a Canadiens player which brought Torrey Mitchell over but Zac Rinaldo stepped in and roughed up Mitchell, as Rinaldo probably remembered Mitchell was the guy who slew-footed him earlier this season.

Game notes
Tuukka Rask played in net and made 25 saves on 30 shots. Rask is now 14-10-3 with a 2.51 GAA and a .914 save percentage this season.

The Bruins led the game in hits 29-18 and blocked shots 14-8. The Canadiens led the game in shots 30-28 and faceoff wins 42-36. The Bruins went 0-for-3 on the power-play while the Canadiens went 0-for-4.

Ryan Spooner led the Bruins with 5 shots. Matt Beleskey led the Bruins with 5 hits.

Tyler Randell and Zach Trotman were scratched and did not play.

After the game
Here's a NESN video with a few Bruins players talking to reporters after the game about the team's performance.

Onto the next one
The Bruins are now 20-13-4 with 44 points this season. The next game for the Bruins is on Tuesday, when they host the Washington Capitals, at 7pm ET.

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