Takeaways: Bruins put forth an uninspiring effort in Winnipeg


This is what we discovered from the Bruins’ ugly 5-1 loss to the Jets.

Winnipeg’s Nino Niederreiter (62) scores into an empty web behind Bruins netminder Jeremy Swayman (left) to provide the Jets a 3-0 lead within the second interval Friday evening in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The Boston Bruins didn’t precisely arrive in Winnipeg as a assured bunch. They carried a skid of back-to-back additional time losses into Friday’s contest, each after failing to carry onto a one-goal lead in opposition to the Rangers and Wild.

The efforts weren’t as a lot in query because the crunch-time execution from these pair of OT setbacks. And in Tuesday’s outing in opposition to Minnesota, Boston’s aggressive spirit shined within the last minutes of regulation after Brad Marchand netted an equalizer shortly after permitting a Ryan Hartman tying marker and Kirill Kaprizov’s subsequent go-ahead tally.

The Bruins, nonetheless, left TD Backyard with a bitter style of their mouth after Kaprizov netted the additional time winner. On Friday, they have been figuratively punched within the mouth by the red-hot Jets.

Jeremy Swayman noticed 33 pictures and denied Mark Scheifele on a penalty shot late within the second interval. However the third-year netminder hardly stood an opportunity. 

The Jets encountered little to no points coming into their attacking zone. A patchwork Boston blue-line, with out Matt Grzelcyk, struggled to own pucks round Swayman’s crease, leaving loads of room alongside the slot and net-front areas for main and secondary scoring alternatives.

Josh Morrissey supplied a back-breaking tally late within the first, changing on a rebound off an odd-man rush.

A pair of gritty targets from Gabriel Vilardi and Nino Neidereitter supplied Winnipeg with loads of insurance coverage. Adam Lowry’s tap-in marker 1:25 into the third and Neidereitter’s second power-play tally through the last seconds of regulation added damage to insult.

The Bruins confirmed little resistance in opposition to Winnipeg’s forecheck, succumbing to frequent turnovers in transition. In addition they struggled to generate any rhythm offensively, settling for a number of one-and-done attacking zone shifts, leading to a paltry 25 pictures on aim.

Brandon Carlo netted Boston’s solely tally with a seeing-eye shot from the purpose throughout rubbish time. 

A fast rematch with the Wild awaits in lower than 24 hours. Within the meantime, right here’s what we discovered from the Bruins’ ugly 5-1 loss to the Jets.

Boston’s compete degree spiraled

The latest defensive breakdowns and struggles to create scoring probabilities exterior of Marchand and David Pastrnak carried over into the primary recreation of Boston’s pre-holiday break back-to-back. But, the Bruins bucked one development from their two-game skid, and this one for all of the mistaken causes.

The Bruins seemed like a crew in survival mode from the get-go. They hardly pushed again in opposition to a bodily Winnipeg bunch, dropping a number of puck battles alongside the partitions and in open ice.

Each side of their recreation faltered, particularly on the faceoff dot the place the Bruins gained simply 29 of 68 attracts.

“We didn’t win sufficient one-on-one battles, beginning on the faceoff circle,” Bruins coach Jim Montgomery advised NESN’s Andy Brickley. “It simply spiraled downhill from there.”

The Bruins seemed misplaced defending the push from the opening puck drop. Amid their lack of consideration to element, they practically escaped the primary 20 minutes unscathed.

However the tides shortly turned because the Jets created one in every of their a number of odd-man rushes after Charlie McAvoy failed to attach with a crashing Pastrnak in entrance of Connor Hellebuyck. Hampus Lindholm was in no-man land within the preliminary 2-on-1, leading to Vilardi’s shot try and Joshua Morrissey banking house a rebound after Marchand acquired turned inside-out making an attempt to find the puck.

“We didn’t come to play tonight, and that’s on us. Clearly they did, and it confirmed, particularly within the first interval and all through the sport,” Carlo advised reporters. “We didn’t get a lot momentum at any level. They performed an excellent recreation tonight.”

The Bruins must rectify the last-minute mishaps.

Montgomery spent the start of Thursday’s observe in Brighton addressing the issues surrounding Boston’s performances within the 3-on-3 additional time and last minute of regulation. If solely their funk within the final 60 seconds of a interval didn’t carry over into the ultimate moments of the opening 20.

Behind Morrissey’s rebound marker and Neidereitter’s uncontested tally from the slot, the opportunistic Jets scored twice with beneath 20 seconds remaining within the first and third frames, respectively. 

Neidereitter’s second of the sport additionally marked Boston’s fourth occasion this season relinquishing a aim inside the last minute of regulation.

“We need to finish durations [strong], and to have this development that’s occurring now the place we get scored on within the final minute is unacceptable,” Swayman mentioned to the media. “We’re gonna do the whole lot we have to do, discuss it as a crew, and dial it in within the final minute for certain.”

Swayman stayed as composed as attainable, given the circumstances. Each he and Linus Ullmark supplied the Bruins with an opportunity to win on nearly any given evening after choosing up the place they left off from their stellar 2022-23 marketing campaign(s).

With out the league’s high tandem, the Bruins wouldn’t sit atop the Atlantic Division. However for all of the highlights and goalie hugs, Boston’s defensive core must desperately tighten up its protection, particularly inside the final 60 seconds of any interval.

“These are by no means good targets to surrender proper earlier than the tip of a interval,” Carlo mentioned. “Truthfully, in that first interval the one motive why we’re shut is due to Sway. We’ve acquired to wash up lots for certain.”

May a fast turnaround assist? 

After their uninspiring effort at Canada Life Centre, the Bruins departed from Winnipeg for his or her comparatively quick flight to St. Paul forward of their matchup with the Wild.

Saturday’s tilt at Xcel Power Middle offers a pair of distinctive alternatives for redemption. Not solely will the slumping Bruins hope to bounce again from their porous outing in opposition to Winnipeg, however they’ll additionally look to avenge their self-inflicted additional time loss in opposition to Minnesota.

In contrast to Tuesday’s tilt in opposition to the Wild, the Bruins hardly performed to their identification to kick off their temporary two-game journey. After Friday, Montgomery might want to see extra urgency and a return to fundamentals inside their forechecking and defensive setup.

In any other case, the Bruins may very nicely carry a four-game skid on the opposite facet of the vacation break.

“It’s what you’re keen on about sports activities, proper?” Montgomery advised Brickley. “You get a chance to bounce again the following evening, and we’ve acquired to come back and we’ve acquired to play Bruins hockey. Now we have to play to our identification.”