The Bruins gave out rally towels to all the fans with the inscription “Hibernation Always Ends in October!” Well the Bruins offense was certainly in hibernation as well as the penalty kill. The Caps were 2-for-3 on the power play and thoroughly outclassed the Bruins in every aspect of the game. Two minutes into the third period and the Caps were up 4-0 and the fans were already restless and wondering what the heck was going on. At least I was.
Boston were totally off the mark with no cohesiveness to their offense. Tim Thomas was not sharp letting shots break through him and just an all around boring game for the Bears.
At the 12:04 mark of the third was the only redeeming moment as Patrice Bergeron score the first goal of the long campaign on a breakaway and just got it by the right pad of Jose Theodore. But by then you already knew the outcome.
As someone who looks forward to the Bruins home opener year after year, this was no less than a total disappointment for me and I’m sure a lot of fans at the sold out Garden. The Bruins mustered 3 shots in the third period. The power play was non-existent as on 5 man-advantage situations, the Bruins put one shot on Theodore. Some fight they put up eh?
How’s Sports Illustrated look after picking the Bruins to go to the Stanley Cup Finals. Now that’s one prediction I would never make with this team! Sorry, even before last night’s ugliness they are not real Cup contenders.
What it comes down to is that you can’t sleep walk and have a lackluster uninspiring performance for your home crowd on opening night. Bad penalties, there was a lot of that on opening night. There was a pretty good fight between Shawn Thornton and John Erskine.
Yes, I’ll say it again, it’s just one game and let’s hope this isn’t a portent of things to come.
I’ll just say this, Hibernating bears are supposed to wake up mean and hungry. Thursday night, the Bruins looked neither.