Game 2 of the 82 game season found the Bruins fall behind early yet again but this time fans would not see a comeback as the Bruins fell to the Maple Leafs 4-1 in Toronto Saturday night.
The Leafs received 3 first period goals from Connor Brown, Mitchell Marner’s first career goal on an absolute snipe, and James van Riemsdyk before David Pastrnak brought the B’s to within 2 with a power play goal. Milan Michalek would add a goal for Toronto in the third period.
The story out of this one will be the Bruins inability to connect on passes, the first line’s lack of shooting and Tuukka Rask not getting the start. Anton Khudobin started this one, causing many to question the move on social media — why would the backup play so early into the season? Rask did get up slow in the second period of Thursday night’s tilt vs Columbus after making a save but he was scheduled to start tonight until right before the game.
Toronto clearly did their homework before, keeping the Bruins’first line in check all night and frustrating the likes of Marchand and Backes every time they touched the puck. David Krecji continues to look less than 100% coming off offseason surgery and still needs time to mesh with new line-mates, though that should change once Bergeron returns.
This is now two straight games to open the season that the Bruins gave up the first couple goals and they surely missed Patrice Bergeron as Toronto dominated from the faceoff dot.
A couple highlights included David Backes’ first fight (vs Nasim Kadri) in a Bruins uniform and Chara putting Matt Martin in his place after a high hit to Torey Krug in the third period.
Pastrnak, now with 3 goals on the season, was the beneficiary of a beautiful pass from John Michael-Liles who waited patiently to pull the defenseman to him before allowing Pasta a wide open net to snipe.
The Bruins next take the ice in Winnipeg Monday night for one last road game before their home opener Thursday against the Devils.