Everything you need to know from the Bruins’ 1-0 loss to the Islanders in quickie form, with BSJ insight and analysis:
Even-strength scoring slump continues: Another game, another goose egg for the Bruins when it comes to 5v5 scoring.
Boston's inability to bury chances outside of special-teams play doomed them once again on Monday, as Jean-Gabriel Pageau tallied the lone goal of the evening with 4:09 to go in regulation — giving the Islanders a 1-0 win at Nassau Coliseum.
With the loss, the Bruins close out their season-opening road trip with a record of 1-1-1. Monday's defeat marks Boston's first loss against the Isles in regulation since Jan. 16, with the B's entering the game with an 18-2-1 record in their previous 21 road contests against New York.
In what has been a regular narrative through the first three games of the 2021 season, Boston's listless offense has continued to plague this club — with the B's still without an even-strength goal in 189:58 of play so far in 2021.
For the second game in a row, the Bruins only managed to generate three high-danger scoring chances at 5v5 play — two of which were generated by their top line in Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Tuukka Rask stopped 16 of the 17 shots that came his way in the loss.
B's lose Grzelcyk to injury: Just a game removed from losing a top-six winger in Ondrej Kase, the Bruins could be without their power-play QB and most skilled left-shot D for some time — as Matt Grzelcyk exited Monday's contest in the third period after getting tied up with Jordan Eberle. Grzelcyk fell awkwardly to the ice, holding his shoulder/arm before eventually heading to the room.
Postgame, Bruce Cassidy did not have an update on Grzelcyk, who logged 13:25 of ice time before heading to the room for good.
It doesn't take a hockey maven to map out how important Grzelcyk is to this D corps, especially on a left side where he's joined by a pair of youngsters in Jeremy Lauzon and Jakub Zboril. If Grzelcyk is on the shelf, John Moore could find himself back in the lineup, or the B's could fully embrace the youth movement with Urho Vaakanainen.
Making it even more unfortunate for the B's is that Grzelcyk was in the midst of a fantastic game at Nassau Coliseum — rebounding from a very shaky showing against the Devils on Saturday. Despite having just 25% of his faceoffs set in the offensive zone, Grzelcyk was crisp in transition play — with Boston holding a commanding 16-4 edge in shot attempts and 9-0 advantage in shots on goal when the BU product was out on the ice.