The latter was largely the result of a solid defensive effort from the Los Angeles Kings blueliners and an outstanding performance from Kings’ goaltender Jonathan Quick (34 saves).
But according to B's captain Zdeno Chara
, emotion, an element the Black & Gold generally have control over, was lacking.
“He made some big saves…in the crucial times of the game he made saves for them,” Chara said of Quick. “But it obviously was one of those games where we should have been better and probably more emotionally attached."
After the Bruins found themselves down a goal early, B’s enforcer Shawn Thornton
took on LA’s Kyle Clifford in a bout fit for the two heavyweights.
“I don’t fight just for the sake of getting punched in the face," Thornton said of his decision to drop the gloves at 15:20 in the first period. "There’s always a motive behind it.
"I was definitely trying to get the guys going."
Despite a very strong showing against Clifford, Thornton's efforts didn't have an immediate or discernable impact on the club and the Bruins weren’t able to mount a comeback.
“We had some chances throughout the game and didn’t capitalize," Chara said. "We were maybe one or two steps behind the spot we should have been,”
“And obviously they got the second one and we had to just open up the game.”
Boston put a flurry of shots on Quick’s net in the third, outshooting LA 14-9 in the period, but weren’t able to light the lamp.
“They worked harder than we did,” Chara said, simply. “They deserved to win.”---Hannah Becker