BOSTON -- After barely escaping with a 3-2 win over the Capitals on Saturday, the Bruins came out flat in the first period Monday against the Ducks, then ran into a wall named Jonas Hiller. The Anaheim goalie turned aside all 45 Boston shots and the Bruins lost 3-0.
Bruins can’t find complete game. The Bruins promised a better effort after a dismal third period in their win over the Capitals, in which they were outshot 26-2. But they looked like the same team to start the game Monday. The Bruins had absolutely no jump from the opening faceoff, had only one shot until there was 8:48 left in the first period and just looked disinterested. Anaheim didn’t seem to have its legs either, but it had Hiller as he shut the door when the Bruins finally turned up the heat.
Power play needs a quarterback. The Bruins' power play again was a no-show Monday, going 0-for-2 while allowing a short-handed goal. While Steven Kampfer has looked solid and shows potential, he is not the power-play quarterback this team desperately needs (and he probably won’t be by the end of this season or next). It’s time for GM Peter Chiarelli to go out and do something about it. That’s not possible right now because of the NHL trade freeze until Dec. 29, but when that’s lifted, one has to believe Chiarelli will be on the phone. Problem is he will need to clear more cap space to make such a move.
Bruins let her rip but to no avail. From the end of the first period Saturday through the 11:21 mark of the first period Monday, the Bruins were outshot 44-12. But as if someone alerted them of those numbers, the B's started to let shots rip from everywhere -- including some Zdeno Chara shots from their defensive zone -- and ended up outshooting the Ducks 45-25.
Paille gets the call but struggles. Daniel Paille suited up in place of the injured Brad Marchand (undisclosed injury) and played in his first game since Dec. 15 in Buffalo, when he replaced Tyler Seguin (healthy scratch). Paille looked good that night, but was rusty Monday as he was minus-1 in 7:25 of ice time.
Selanne’s last visit to Boston?. Not that he’s Brett Favre making a big story about whether he'll retire, but future Hall of Famer Teemu Selanne may well have played his last game in Boston. If so, one of the greatest to lace 'em up both in the NHL and in video game hockey (NHL 92-94 anyone?) left Beantown in style. Selanne had two assists and was a force as always on the ice. His grace and finesse will be missed.
Kampfer takes nasty spill but returns. Speaking of Selanne, he got a two-minute boarding penalty for bumping Kampfer and sending him flying into the boards as they raced for a puck. But one has to believe the classy Selanne didn’t mean to injure Kampfer, who was OK after a few minutes on the ice.
Julien switches things up. Coach Claude Julien, obviously frustrated with his team’s lack of offense, tried to shake things up in the third period, moving Blake Wheeler onto the top line with David Krejci and Milan Lucic. That led to Tyler Seguin skating with Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi, and Nathan Horton on the third line with Marc Savard and Michael Ryder.