The AVS Take The L To The Bruins

The AVS Take The L To The Bruins

Henry Wahlers, Author

The Colorado Avalanche suffered a 5-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday night at TD Garden as the Avalanche continued their four-game road trip. The Avalanche are now 13-8-1 on the season. Andrew Cogliano scored the sole goal for the Avalanche. In net, the goalie made 35 saves on 40 shots. For the Bruins, David Pastrnak scored twice including once on the power play, while Trent Frederic scored twice at even strength, while Jake DeBrusk also scored. Charlie McAvoy handed out two assists. In between the pipes, Linus Ullmark made 24 saves on 25 shots. The Avalanche knew it would be a tough matchup heading into the game as Boston is one of the top teams in the league and boasts a deep lineup and the Bruins proved so as they dominated possession and controlled much of the play. Despite outshooting the Bruins 15-12 in the first period, the Avalanche trailed 2-0 heading into the first intermission. The first 20 minutes of play was physical – as Boston outhit Colorado 13-8 – and featured a heavy-weight tilt between Andreas Englund and Nick Foligno, but Boston capitalized on a power-play goal from Pastrnak and a late goal on a d-zone breakdown from Frederic. The Avalanche generated a promising chance midway through the period on a passing sequence between Mikko Rantanen, Nathan MacKinnon, and J.T. Compher, but The Boston goalie sprawled out to deny the AVS on the goal line. Boston could have furthered its lead with three minutes left in the frame, as Tomas Nosek was awarded a penalty shot, but Francouz smothered the puck at the post to keep the Avalanche’s deficit just at 3-0 heading into the final 20 minutes. The Avalanche robbed Ullmark of the shutout in the final period, but Boston scored twice in the span of 10 seconds late in the period to extend their lead 5-1. Colorado secured its lone goal as they forced a turnover in Boston’s half. A loose puck in the slot deflected off a Boston skater and landed in the low slot, where Cogliano whacked the puck past Ullmark to trim Colorado’s deficit down 3-1 at 6:32.¬†

 

Frederic buried his second goal off a feed from Taylor Hall to further Boston’s lead to 4-1 at 15:32. On the next shift after the center-ice faceoff, DeBrusk extended the Bruins’ lead 5-1 just 10 seconds after Frederic’s second strike, the winger put in a rebound off a Derek Forbort shot at the end of the game.