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.
Without injured veterans Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, the defensive pairings were as follows:
Torey Krug–Adam McQuaid
Joe Morrow–Kevan Miller
Matt Irwin–Zach Trotman
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.