BOSTON - Not much has gone right for the Black and Gold in the past two games.
A 2-1 loss in Detroit on Thursday night was followed up with a 4-0 shutout at the hands of the Capitals 48 hours later, back on home ice.
The boo birds began raining down at TD Garden as the clock was ticking late in the third period.
A frustrated Milan Lucic held his cool late in the game after getting tangled with Mike Green, but he was plenty heated in the locker room postgame.
"That’s not the team that we are," said Lucic. "We’re always a team that has a lot of fight and fights its way back in the situations, no matter what they are."
"So we’ve got to figure it out here and hopefully after two games like that, we can take this as a wake-up call and move forward."
The Bruins managed 29 shots on Braden Holtby, but not one made it through. They went 0-for-4 on the power play, while the lethal Caps went 2-for-4, thanks to easy fires from the left circle by Alex Ovechkin and Green.
Ovechkin put Washington up 2-0 in the first period. Green adding the insurance in the second, and John Carlson capped off the 4-0 shutout in the final two minutes of the game.
"You know, it's tough to put into words. We were outworked, we were outbattled and just outplayed throughout the course of 120 minutes, not just 60," said Chris Kelly, known to be a vocal presence in the room. He was very adamant with his words.
"I think the only positive I can think of is… it's Game 3. Other than that, it's two poor efforts."
BOSTON - The Bruins hit the ice for a pregame skate at TD Garden on Saturday morning, before hosting the Washington Capitals at 7:00 p.m. ET (NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub).
David Krejci skated with the group for the first time since leaving the Bruins' preseason finale on October 4 with an undisclosed injury. Krejci is on Injured Reserve and is not eligible to return to game action until after Saturday's matchup with the Caps.
"Day to day. I can't tell you more than that," Head Coach Claude Julien told reporters following the morning skate. "Just skated for the first time today with the team, so we'll see how that goes."
Krejci did take a few line rushes with Milan Lucic, which had to feel comforting for the left winger as he works through a frustrating first two games of the season.
They didn't need another one added to that list.
When Patrice Bergeron left during his first shift of the second period after going hard into the end boards, the Bruins' bench no doubt took a collective breath.
It came as a result of Niklas Kronwall finishing his check on Bergeron. The alternate captain skated off the ice and went right down the tunnel just 35 seconds into the period.
But, he eventually returned in the second period, and he was fine. He finished the game. He spoke with reporters afterwards.
"No, I didn’t feel that [I was in trouble]," Bergeron said postgame, from the visiting team locker room at Joe Louis Arena. "It’s one of those protocols that you have to respect, and I had to go to the quiet room, and it takes forever to go through that test, so it took a little bit of time but I was fine the whole time."
DETROIT - Following the Bruins' 2-1 season opening win over Philadelphia in Boston on Wednesday, the Black & Gold are right back at it on Thursday night against the Red Wings in Detroit.
The tilt will be Detroit's home opener, with the game time set for 7:30 p.m. ET (NESN, 98.5 The Sports Hub).
A back-to-back situation, with travel added in, may not be an ideal way to kick off the season, but the Bruins don't mind it.
They can get a quick four points before the New York Islanders and Carolina Hurricanes even open their seasons.
"We don’t make excuses, so it’s a reality of the schedule, and we just have to go out there and play and put those excuses away," Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien said on Thursday morning from Joe Louis Arena.
BOSTON - As 17,000-plus fans filtered out of the sellout TD Garden on Wednesday night, and the Bruins rushed onto a bus to fly out to Detroit, their 2-1 win season opening win over the Philadelphia still lingered.
The few remaining fans on Causeway Street cheered and screamed out to the bus as it pulled out of the Garden.
This is the breath of a new season, a clean slate. For now, after Game 1, two points are in the queue, and the Bruins are undefeated.
Chris Kelly jammed home the game-winner with just 1:51 left in the third period to break a 1-1 tie, and eventually send a happy crowd, and a happy team on their way.
The blueliner's stick broke in two, but the shot still made its way to Flyers goaltender Steve Mason and rebounded with enough pop that Kelly could power it home. Eriksson made sure to claim real estate in the blue pain and swat at the puck as well.
BOSTON - A young fan had a question for Zdeno Chara.
"This is for Chara," he began, microphone in hand, standing in an aisle of the lower bowl at TD Garden. "Do you think you're going to make it to the playoffs this year?"
It brought out a smile from the Bruins' captain, who was seated on a stage at ice level, for the annual "State of the Bruins" event held prior to each season. The rest of the crowd smiled with approval as well.
"What's your name?" asked Chara.
"Johnny," the young man responded.
"Johnny, I believe we will."
With that, Johnny had the confidence he needed.
BOSTON - In July of 2013, Bobby Robins received his first NHL contract from the Bruins at the age of 31.
Heading into training camp before the 2013-14 season, there wasn't much of an opportunity for him to crack Boston's roster. Veterans were solidified in their roles. He continued his leadership role with Providence.
After eight years with stops on the Binghamton Senators (AHL), Elmira Jackels (ECHL), Rochester Americans (AHL), Albany River Rats (AHL), Syracuse Crunch (AHL), Belfast Giants in Ireland, Jesenice in Austria, Bakersfield Condors (ECHL), Chicago Express (ECHL), Abbotsford Heat (AHL) and Providence Bruins, Robins was just happy to be part of the organization, and still chasing down his NHL dream.
"My expectations are obviously to help the organization win," Robins had said during that 2013 training camp. "Wherever they want to put me, they are going to put me there. I’ve signed for two years and I’m here to work for two years and do the best I can."
BOSTON - The 2014-15 season opens for the Bruins on Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers at TD Garden. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. ET (NBCSN, 98.5 The Sports Hub).
The team held a pregame skate on Wednesday morning, with 13 forwards, seven defensemen and three goalies on the ice.
With Tuesday evening's transactions for the opening day roster, Krejci was placed on Injured Reserve. He sustained an undisclosed injury in Saturday's preseason finale, and Head Coach Claude Julien said Tuesday that it's not healing as quickly as they originally thought. Krejci is not eligible to return until after Saturday's game.
Campbell was placed on Non-Roster Injured Reserve on Tuesday. He missed the preseason with a mid-core injury, and just started skating last week. (Non-Roster IR refers to a player who "failed the club's initial physical examination in any League Year, or who is injured, ill or disabled while not on the Club's Active Roster," as outlined in the NHL's CBA.)
With Krejci and Campbell out, that opens the door up front for players to get opportunities, at least from the outset.
BOSTON - GM Peter Chiarelli announced on Tuesday that David Pastrnak had been assigned to the Providence Bruins.
The transaction came as the Bruins made a number of roster moves before submitting their 23-player opening day roster.
"We’ll have a little more time to watch him and assess him," said Chiarelli.
Pastrnak didn't have luck on his side at the start of training camp, tweaking his shoulder on just the second day of on-ice sessions by going awkwardly into the boards.
He only had the chance to suit up in the Bruins' two final preseason games.
BOSTON - While the Bruins' opening night roster for the 2014-15 season was still in flux on Tuesday morning, Ryan Spooner, Bobby Robins and Matt Fraser knew that their names would be there before the puck drops against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday night.
GM Peter Chiarelli announced that news with certainty on Tuesday morning, though the final 23-man opening day roster would later be submitted by 5:00 p.m.
They all know that being on the roster for opening night is merely an opportunity, but one that they'll gladly take.
"I'm excited. You know, extremely proud, and ready to go," said Spooner. "I've got a lot of strides to make. Right now, I'm just trying to play well and stay here."
"I've been up and down; I thought I've played well and had some stretches where I didn't play well, so it's about being consistent with it, and that's what I'm trying to do."