CALGARY,CANADA – FEBRUARY 16: Mikael Backlund #11 of the Calgary Flames skates against the Dallas Stars during their NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome, February 16,2011 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.(Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)
The Boston Bruins’ young, makeshift defense failed to come through Thursday night as the B’s were thumped, 6-2, on home ice by the Winnipeg Jets.
And let’s just say, turnovers were a factor:
That was Irwin getting checked off the puck there.
“I had the puck behind the net, and I went to one side of the net, and then I just didn’t use the net to my advantage,” he explained afterwards, per CSN New England. “He got his stick in there, obviously stripped me of the puck, and we all know what happened after that. I take full blame for that one.”
But head coach Claude Julien wasn’t willing to blame inexperience for the poor outing.
“It’s not about youth. It’s not about the young D,” said Julien. “It’s about our game without the puck. I think we might have gotten a little excited here about our offense and forgot about the other part of our game.”
And to be fair, even Boston’s more accomplished d-men had their challenging moments.
Here’s Krug failing to get position on Nicolas Petan in front of the Bruins’ net:
All in all, it was a tough night.
“We’ll correct those [mistakes] tomorrow in practice,” said Irwin. “We’re a confident group in here. We liked our offense. We liked the chances we were getting. All those mistakes, D-zone, are something that we’re going to work on and get better every day.”
The Bruins host their rivals from Montreal on Saturday.
Andy Greene has been named Bryce Salvador’s successor as New Jersey’s team captain.
Greene, an undrafted free agent that’s spent his entire nine-year career with the Devils organization, becomes the 11th captain in the franchise’s history and third American to wear the “C” (Zach Parise and Jamie Langenbrunner were the others).
A former standout at Miami of Ohio, Greene — who served as an alternate captain in each of the last two seasons — has developed into a steady, durable blueliner that hasn’t missed a game in three years. He’s also locked into the Devils long term, having signed a five-year, $25 million extension with the club last summer.
That deal kicks in this season, and runs through 2020.
Elias and Zajac both wore an “A” in New Jersey last year, while Cammalleri and Henrique are first-timers.