Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 2-1 overtime loss to the Devils in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:
B's sleepwalk to OT loss: For as much as securing three of four points out of the gate certainly seems like an encouraging start for the Bruins in 2021, you'd be hard-pressed to find many positives to take away from Saturday's OT loss to the Devils — as poor puck management and another listless showing at even strength doomed Boston against a New Jersey club widely regarded as cellar dwellers in the new East Division this year.
Yegor Sharangovich secured two points for the home club on Saturday, beating Jaroslav Halak on a breakaway with just 1.7 seconds to go in overtime for his first career goal. A defensive lapse and a poor backchecking showing from Matt Grzelcyk was, unfortunately, a regular sight from many B's regulars on Saturday, as Boston struggled to get its feet moving throughout the matinee matchup. Even when the ice started to tilt in Boston's favor, few chances led to quality looks against Devils goalie MacKenzie Blackwood, as Boston only generated three high-danger scoring chances in 48:36 of 5v5 ice time on Saturday. In total, the Bruins have yet to score a 5v5 goal through the first 129:58 of the 2021 season, with Patrice Bergeron serving as the lone spark of offense on Saturday off of a shorthanded tally.
Kase exits: To make matters worse for the Bruins, they could be without another top-six winger for a bit, as Ondrej Kase exited Saturday's game in the second period after getting hit up high from Miles Wood. Kase, who needed help getting down to the room, did not return for the remainder of the game, with the club initially ruling him as "questionable" to return with an upper-body injury. Given his history of concussions in Anaheim, the sight of Kase needing assistance getting off the bench is troubling, to say the least. In terms of the X's and O's, a Bruins forward corps already without one top-six winger in David Pastrnak was completely thrown out of wack following Kase's exit, with Bruce Cassidy throwing his lines in a blender for the remainder of the contest — all of which led to underwhelming results. Postgame, Cassidy didn't have much of an update on Kase — noting that the club might have more information on Sunday.