Even though this is a long season, this city is wired so tightly that a lot of folks were considering Monday afternoon a must-win game for the Boston Bruins.
The Colorado Avalanche came to town on this Columbus Day matinee at the TD Garden. This was the first time that the B's got a look at Jarome Iginla in an Avalanche sweater. You have to wonder if the organization is starting to regret not being more aggressive in an attempt to re-sign the veteran goal scorer. He is fitting in well in Colorado with all of the young talent, making everyone here envious.
After a sub-par start to the year, the Bruins were hoping to get some firepower back into their lineup. David Krejci made his season debut in this game, which led to Craig Cunningham being sent down to Providence. Also, Seth Griffith was recalled from the P-Bruins to shake things up offensively.
Niklas Svedberg also made his season debut in net on this day for Boston.
The Bruins hung in there for most of the game. In fact, this matchup is underrated when it comes to producing physical and entertaining hockey. These two teams always give us a good watch when they get together.
The score remained tied at one for most of the game. However, the dagger was driven into the hearts of the B's when Bruins' killer Daniel Briere scored the game-winning goal with less than a second remaining in the game. Yes, this was a tough loss, so no need to dwell on the obvious. Expect changes to surface in the immediate future.
This was the perfect opportunity to get some momentum going before embarking on their first road trip of the year, but the team could not put it together. The Bruins will play their next game on Wednesday night in Detroit against the Red Wings (again).
Gold Star: Niklas Svedberg...He allowed two goals in his season debut, but he made 28 saves and kept the Bruins in the game for quite awhile. Not bad so far.
Black Star: Matt Bartkowski...He was on the ice for both goals and completely lost his man in front of the net. He looks overwhelmed already.
Game Four Box Score