|Bruins Messy in Season Opener Against Jets||Patriots Sign RB Dion Lewis to 2-Year Contract Extension||The Yankees Lost, Ellsbury Got Benched, and I’m Still Giddy||Three Red Sox Strengths|
Without the services of center Marc Savard, the Bruins marched forward on Tuesday night as they continue their pitiful push toward the playoffs. Savard, arguably the best player on the team, will likely be out the rest of the season with a serious Grade 2 concussion after a hit at the hands of Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke on Sunday.
Mark Recchi did his best Savard impersonation, playing parts in all three Bruins goals on Tuesday. He scored in the first period, and then assisted on goals in the second and third, but the defense (and goaltending) couldn’t hold off the punchless Leafs in a 4-3 loss in overtime.
Marco Sturm (in the 2nd) and Patrice Bergeron (in the 3rd) scored the other goals for the Bruins, who fired a total of 29 shots at Leafs goalie Jonas Gustavsson.
“We stopped moving our feet and being hard on the forecheck,” Bergeron said. “We were hard on their defensemen early and had success, but then we got away from that.”
Toronto, meanwhile, was powered by two second period goals, and a tying goal in the third by Luca Caputi. Nikolai Kulemin knocked in his 13th goal of the year four minutes into overtime for the game-winning goal against Tim Thomas. Overall, Thomas was decent, finishing with 26 saves.
Former Bruin Phil Kessel continued to struggle against his former team, but he did pick up an assist. It was his first point in five games against Boston.
The Bruins dominated the game from blue line to blue line, winning face-offs by a 33-21 margin. With that type of an advantage, you’d think the Bruins would be able to launch more than 29 shots on goal in three periods and an overtime. Savard’s loss will truly be painful, as he could have been the difference in Tuesday’s game.
Next up for the B’s is a date with the Flyers on Thursday.