Tonight’s scrimmage was just that. A scrimmage. And yes, this game doesn’t count, however, it should provide the coaching staff with exactly what needs to tighten up before the start of the round-robin on Sunday. Mistakes in the Bruins’ offensive and defensive play could cost them in the long run. Sadly, the Boston Bruins could not shake Columbus and never had full control of the game. But as they say, get the bad plays out now and win when it counts.
In an uninspiring first period, the Boston Bruins initially skated out with an even tempo that saw steady action on both ends of the ice. Unfortunately, it was the Columbus Blue Jackets who took full advantage as center Boone Jenner scored on a wrist shot early on in the first.
As time went on, the Boston Bruins looked a bit unfocused as they tried to regain their rhythm. As their disjointed play continued, Columbus pushed full steam ahead as both Zach Werenski and Gustav Nyquist scored a goal. The Blue Jackets were up 3-0 at the end of the period with 13 shots on goal while Boston had seven.
The second period faired better for the Black and Gold. Down three goals, the B’s would finally get on the board as David Pastrnak faked a shot to slide the puck past Elvis Merzlikins’s five-hole. Boston had another chance to add a much-needed goal as they went on a man advantage with four minutes left in the period, but were unable to capitalize.
Columbus had multiple chances as shots hit off the crossbar behind Jaroslav Halak (both teams would replace their goaltender midway through). Although the Bruins would muster one goal this period, their gameplay was still lacking urgency. Columbus ended the period with 12 shots on goal to the Bruins nine shots.
Boston started the third period with more purpose and more speed. But the team was unable to keep up with the momentum. With missed opportunities on the man advantage, things went from rough to kind of worse. Bruins’ Brad Marchand attempted to make a hit on Columbus’ Zach Werenski but ended up leaving the game as he aggravated his lower body. Coach Bruce Cassidy would later comment that it (Marchand) was nothing serious. In the final few moments of the game, Columbus would score on a Bruins empty net, making the final score 4-1.
SHOTS ON GOAL: COL-31, BOS-24
POWERPLAY: COL-1/5, BOS-0/2
GAME ONE ROUND-ROBIN: SUNDAY, AUGUST 2ND vs. PHILADELPHIA FLYERS @3:00 PM, SCOTIABANK ARENA, TORONTO.
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