BOSTON — A few observations on the Bruins’ 2-0 loss to the Avalanche on Thursday night.
- The four days off since the win over the Red Wings was a factor in the first period, but they were fine in the final 40 minutes.
You can be displeased that they didn't score, but they created chances, maintained possession and forced penalties. The Avs have allowed three goals in four games and J.S. Giguere, even at 36, proved he can put together a good game.
- The Bruins have tons of penalty killer options and showed some of them Thursday.
Getting shorthanded ice time when Jarome Iginla, Loui Eriksson, Dougie Hamilton and Adam McQuaid. Trusted killers Rich Peverley (who was also valuable on faceoffs) and Andrew Ference are gone, but there are more options now.
- Zdeno Chara appeared to cut his left leg with six minutes left in the second period on a penalty kill. Colorado’s Steve Downie went down face first and his skate rubbed against Chara's leg.
Chara immediately looked at the leg and went to the bench. It was treated by the trainers and Chara came back on the ice shortly after. The defenseman played a fairly typical 29 shifts for 21:39 of ice time.
However, the captain did not speak to the media afterwards, which is unusual. Although he rarely has much to say, Chara is almost always available, especially after a loss. He was likely receiving treatment. It’s something to keep an eye on in Friday’s practice and Saturday’s game.
- Claude Julien mentioned working with the streaky David Krejci on faceoffs. Krejci was a robust 13-5 on draws Thursday. … Jarome Iginla had a game-high seven shots on goal and 12 attempted shots. His best game as a Bruin and he was helped by Krejci, who was outstanding. … Chara continued to work in the front of the net on the 5-on-4 power play, but went back to the point when the Bruins were on a 4-on-3. … We don't see much of Matt Duchene in New England, but he’s the real deal. Very impressive speed and playmaking.