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The recap from Boston: Isles lose, 6-2
Thoughts after an ugly loss here:
-- Jack Capuano was as pointed in his criticism of certain players as he's been all season. He "didn't want to name names" as to which players failed to show up, but mentioned that "it seems the same guys do the right things and have success, and other guys are on their own page, not playing within the team concept. That's why they're -2 or -3."
Brian Rolston was -3. Frans Nielsen, PA Parenteau, Mark Eaton and Milan Jurcina were -2. That line was one of the better ones in Saturday's win, but they were spotty tonight and a mess in a 49-second span in the third, when the Bruins' top line of Horton-Krejci-Lucic scored twice to ice it.
Jurcina looked particularly off, not very physical on the first-period PP that the Bruins scored on or effective on the point of the Isles' PP. I thought Mike Mottau might get back in tonight, but now I'm fairly certain he'll be back in Colorado on Thursday for either Jurcina or Eaton.
-- Capuano was also referring to Blake Comeau and Kyle Okposo, who were around the puck and the net some tonight, but with no results. Okposo just looks unable to get his stick to do what he wants it to; he's hacking at pucks around the net, which is where he needs to make his living.
Comeau is still circling on the perimeter too much for the coaching staff's liking. Not sure what more Capuano can do, since Comeau is certainly aware of how he needs to play.
-- John Tavares had a rough night in the faceoff circle, winning only 6 of 18 draws. As he noted, that put the power play in a bad spot, since it was retrieving pucks instead of setting up. But the Tavares-Moulson-Grabner line had both goals and has shown it should stick together.
-- Same is true of the new fourth line, but that's because Matt Martin and Jay Pandolfo know how to cycle the puck. Josh Bailey had a few nice setups, including one for Pandolfo in the second that should have tied it (Pandolfo missed the net from the high slot), and overall that line was very strong again. Can't say enough about Martin's play so far as a physical role player.
-- Al Montoya's name was chanted at the Coliseum on Saturday, aimed more at Rick DiPietro than anything else, but Montoya was chant-worthy last night, despite giving up two goals in relief of Evgeni Nabokov. Montoya was brilliant in the second, stopping 16 shots on a variety of great chances. Expect him to get the start on Thursday.
-- Nabokov wasn't as bad as his teammates, but he was caught off-guard by the sharp-angle toss by Jordan Caron that started the Bruins' opening goal. Boston had a 12-4 shots edge when Nabokov was pulled, and Capuano said it was more to jump-start the team than an indictment of Nabokov.
-- Bruins F Daniel Paille took Steve Staios' shot off the nose, apparently. He was wearing a visor, which had to help somewhat, but that was a scary scene.