After back-to-back losses to the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Boston Bruins find themselves in sixth place in the Atlantic Division and just four points out of last place in the entire Eastern Conference.
The Bruins have plenty of reasons for the early season struggles including a slew of injuries which has seen key players like David Backes, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Torey Krug, Brad Marchand and Tuukka Rask all miss games at some point this season.
With the team playing shorthanded, every mistake is magnified and nobody was harder on himself after Saturday’s 4-1 loss was defenseman Brandon Carlo.
“I was kinda the Achilles heel tonight with my mistakes,” Carlo said, per Jake Kerin of Bruins Daily. “If I didn’t make those we probably would be ahead in those areas. It’s unfortunate, but maybe next time we’ll get a good balance and my mistakes will be covered.”
Carlo’s first period turnover, when he missed Sean Kuraly with an outlet pass and the puck ended up on the stick of Mitch Marner then into the back of the Bruins net for the first goal of the night. Shortly after the Bruins failed to score on a two-man advantage, Morgan Rielly’s shot hit off Carlo’s skate and got past Rask for a 3-1 Leafs lead.
“I had a bad night. I don’t know really what to say about that,” Carlo said. “I just tried to make plays and they didn’t really work out. Ended up in the back of the net. Those things can’t really happen all the time…Like I said, just a couple mistakes by me that ended up in the back of the net and it’s unfortunate.”
Head coach Bruce Cassidy agreed that Carlo had a rough night, but is not too worried about his young defender.
“Brandon will bounce back,” Cassidy’s said. “He’s a good kid, he cares, he’ll continue to play hard, he’ll have to play himself out of it. It’s that simple because he’s a good player for us.”