Boston Bruins early morning ice time – October 22, 2017 edition

BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 21: Ryan O'Reilly
BOSTON, MA - OCTOBER 21: Ryan O'Reilly /

Another game, another tough loss for the Boston Bruins.  Things were looking good for awhile, but the team basically gave away the game.  Thoughts on that and around the NHL.

  • The Boston Bruins lost 5-4 to the Buffalo Sabres in overtime.  The Bruins had a 3-0 lead and 4-1 lead.  Buffalo scored 4 unanswered goals, the last being in 3-on-3 overtime.  The Bruins went from getting two points to only one, and basically donated two points to the struggling, division rival Sabres.  Causeway Crowd
  • The Bruins were without the services of 4 lineup regulars in Ryan Spooner, Adam McQuaid, David Krejci, and Kevan Miller.  The Bruins locker room might as well have a revolving door installed, because the forced lineup changes due to injuries have been numerous.  It’s a good thing Providence is so close to Boston.  WEEI
  • Bruce Cassidy called Anton Khudobin’s performance last night “erratic.”  The netminder made 37 saves in the loss, but spent much of the game making routine saves look harder than they had to be.  Some people are insisting a goaltending controversy may exist in Boston, but that’s ludicrous.  NBC Sports Boston

Around the league…

TAMPA, FL – OCTOBER 21: Steven Stamkos
TAMPA, FL – OCTOBER 21: Steven Stamkos /
  • New flash…the Tampa Bay Lightning are good, really really good.  The Lightning took a picture out of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers book, and put up 7 on the scoreboard last night.  Nikita Kucherov is tied with Alexander Ovechkin for the NHL lead in goals with 10.  The scariest thing about their start?  Steven Stamkos is leading the NHL in points with 18 points in 9 games, and only 3 of those are goals.  Can you imagine what he’ll do when he’s putting the puck in the net?  The Sporting News
  • The Vegas Golden Knights are doing everything they can to exceed expectations.  It is still early in the season, but after their 3-2 OT win last night over the St. Louis Blues, the Golden Knights find themselves at 6-1-0.  They are the first expansion team to win six of their first seven games.  If it weren’t for the Los Angeles Kings being back in form, they would be leading the Pacific Division.  USA Today
  • The Jagr experiment in Calgary hasn’t exactly gone as planned.  The ageless wonder left last night’s game with a lower-body injury, and did not return.  No word yet on the injury.
  • I don’t think anyone expected the Arizona Coyotes to make much noise this season.  But I also don’t think anyone would have expected them to be this bad.  The team currently sits at 0-7-1 after their loss to the Chicago Blackhawks last night.  The future may be bright with potential stars like Clayton Keller and Max Domi on the roster, but this season is looking pretty bleak.  Five for Howling

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