The B-Side: stats and facts from Boston's frustrating Game 3 loss
Spotting two goal leads to your opponents is never a good thing.
The Bruins are making a nasty habit of doing it consistently.
The B's fell behind by two goals vs Montreal for the third straight game, and even did themselves one better by going down 3-0 halfway through the second period.
Definitely not winning hockey.
Here are the stats and facts from Game 3's frustrating loss:
- Zdeno Chara led the Bruins with 24:33 time-on-ice. He was a minus-1, with one SOG, four blocked shots while only landing one hit.
- Dougie Hamilton (21:47) was the only other Bruin skater to crack the 20 minute mark in TOI.
- 12 Bruins skaters finished with a minus-1 rating.
- At plus-2, Brad Marchand was the only Bruin to finish with a + rating.
- Patrice Bergeron led the team with six SOG. Daniel Paille, Carl Soderberg, Torey Krug and Brad Marchand followed suit with three SOG's a piece.
- The top-line of David Krejci, Jarome Iginla and Milan Lucic finished with four SOG combined. Iginla did deflect Andrej Meszaros' shot to grab his 3rd goal of the playoffs, with Lucic recording the secondary assist on the play. However, their overall play simply will not get it done for this team. All three players were a minus-1 and largely invisible for a majority of the game.
- All three players feed off each other, but the top-line is driven by David Krejci, who finds himself mired in quite a slump at the worst time possible. Through 8 games played in the postseason thus far, Krejci has recorded 0 goals and only 3 assists. This is the same man who led the 2011 and the 2013 postseason is scoring with 23 and 26 points, respectively. An interesting point to add: when the B's were bounced in the 2012 postseason in 7 games by the Washington Capitals, Krejci registered only 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists). It's not hard to draw the line between Krejci struggling and the entire team following suit. When DK46 isn't setting the standard and dictating the game with his offensive skills, the Bruins struggle mightily.
- Face-offs were dead even, with each team winning 38 draws.
- Patrice Bergeron went 17-28 at the face-off dot, good for 60%, marking the second time in the three games played vs the Habs Bergeron has finished over 60% at the dot (Game 1, 65%).
- Bergeron's goal late in the second period extended his postseason point-streak to seven games, making him the first Bruin to do so since Adam Oates in 1992.
- Game 3 was Boston's 88th postseason game in Montreal. The loss brings Boston's all-time W/L record to a pretty hideous 23 wins and 65 losses. Goals for? 199. Goals against? 299.
- I'm not crying foul over P.K. Subban's semi-blatant net-push with 10 seconds to go in the game. The NHL rulebook calls for a penalty shot to be awarded if such an event occurs, but that would've been an extremely difficult call to make with 10 seconds to go in a playoff game. And if the Bruins had to lean on the refs to make a call like that to have a chance of tying the game, shame on them for putting themselves in that kind of position.
- Speaking of Subban, he provided the secondary assist on Tomas Plekanec's opening goal, then scored a few minutes later to double Montreal's lead, meaning he's now registered multiple points in all three games played thus far.
- Whenever the B's want to stop waiting until late in the third period to begin throwing everything they have at Montreal, that'd be great.
- Getting paid $8 million a year, Tuukka Rask has to stop Dale Weise on the breakaway. Its Dale Freaking Weise. After the Bruins had started to turn the tide in the period, Weise's goal was a total exploding-air-balloon type of deflation. The (probable) Vezina Trophy winner has to stop that puck, end of story.
- Kevan Miller, being the rookie defenseman that he is, totally got burned on Plekanec's opening goal. With Thomas Vanek faking the dump into the corner, he unleashed a wicked slap-pass straight to the back-door to Plekanec. Miller bit hard on the fake and left his post, leaving Plekanec with acres of space to score into the open net.
- After much controversy arose out of the referee assignments for the game, a total of two penalties were called, one on each team. Definitely didn't see that one coming.
- The Bruins have played with the lead for only 11:39 through three games. Again, not winning hockey.
- The Bruins under Claude Julien fall to 14-2 since 2007 in Game 3's in the postseason. The only other loss came to the Carolina Hurricanes in 2008.
- Playing in the spot of Matt Bartkowski, Andrej Meszaros did not have a good day at the office. He got turned around on Weise's breakaway goal and looked slow throughout the game. After playing two straight game over Bart, I think Julien will go back to the young-guy for Game 4.