For as good as the Boston Bruins looked in their 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday, they looked equally as bad in a 4-0 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Monday afternoon.
Despite leading 11-5 in shots at the end of the first period, the Bruins found themselves down 2-0 to the Avalanche. Head coach Bruce Cassidy had concerns about his young players not being ready for the early start on Monday, but it was his veteran goaltender who struggled.
Former Canadiens prospect Sven Andrighetto opened the scoring at 4:41 of the first period. Mikko Rantanen beat Zdeno Chara to a loose puck in the corner and he quickly got it out to Andrighetto in the slot. Tuukka Rask got a piece of the shot with his glove, but he was a fraction of a second too slow and it bounced into the Bruins goal.
J.T. Compher doubled the Avalanche’s lead by scoring at 13:22 just as a Bruins power play was expiring. Former Bruin Carl Soderberg caused a turnover and led a 2-on-1 the other way where he passed across to Compher, who beat Rask to the glove side from the slot.
The Bruins second penalty kill unit had a rough go of it late in the period after Torey Krug was called for an illegal check to the head. The unit spent the entire penalty in their own zone without a single clear, but thankfully did not give up a goal.
Cassidy spent the scoreless second period mixing up his line combinations. David Krejci and Ryan Spooner swapped the center positions on the top two lines and we also Jake DeBrusk and Sean Kuraly switch spots on the left wing of the second and third lines. While the changes produced another 11 shots on goal, the Bruins were still unable to get one past Semyon Varlamov.
Rask certainly did himself no favors on the Avalanche’s third goal just over six minutes into the third period. For some reason Rask came out of his crease to try and play a loose puck in the left circle, but Nail Yakupov beat him to the puck and slid it into the wide open Bruins net. Yakupov added an empty net goal for the fourth and final goal of the day in the final minute of the period.
The Bruins are now 0-9-1 in their last 11 home games versus the Avs, with their last win coming in 1998. They will head west for the rematch in Denver on Wednesday night.