There’s nothing like losing 1771 regular season games worth of NHL defensive experience and replacing that with under 10 games of NHL defensive experience to make things interesting for a hockey club.
But that is exactly what happened last night for Boston against the Senators.
Sure, a lot of fingers will be pointing in all directions as far as blame for the loss goes. And nobody had their best game for the Bruins in Ottawa, to be sure, but a decent culprit for the setback would be whatever knocked Jason York into the Bruins net on Tuesday night in the first period.
According to the Boston Herald
, York "knew there was something wrong as soon as it happened."
“I got knocked into the net and my knee got caught underneath,” he said to Steve Conroy. “My body went one way and my knee went the other way. My MCL stretched really hard and my kneecap just got loose.”
York, who was walking without crutches but had his knee immobilized after the game, missed 10 games earlier in the season with an MCL injury on his left knee.
“This one feels a little worse,” he said.
Not good -- especially not good given the circumstances of having two rookie D in the spotlight and already filling in for Zdeno Chara
and Brad Stuart.
But all things being equal, Matt Lashoff (rated the Bruins #2 prospect by the New England Hockey Journal) and Jonathan Sigalet (#6, by my friends at NEHJ) both played well. If anything, the pair could have been accused of trying too hard -- something that many of the Bruins were guilty of in Canada’s capital.
Fatigue also seemed to rear its head on both sides of the puck, as well, as everyone needed to step up to deal with the loss of York (from the original lineup) as well as Chara (middle body injury) and Stuart (whose son Jake arrived yesterday). The latter are definitely minutes-eaters and key offensive personnel, as well.
But for 40-minutes the Bruins had the game in hand and then the wheels fell of the Black & Gold bus. All of that equals the first Bruins loss when they went into the third stanza with a lead.
Practice today will be interesting, to say the least, as we are sure to find out more about the B’s injury issues, as well as find out when Brad Stuart is expected back to Boston.