Mike Babcock’s Detroit Red Wings had plenty of effort against the Boston Bruins but no results to match it after they bowed out in five games on Saturday afternoon.
Following the game, Babcock told reporters his team wasn’t good enough saying, “We weren’t a tough out at all.”
The Red Wings only won once in the series and ruined their chance at evening things up in Game 4 when they blew a 2-0 lead and ultimately the game in overtime 3-2.
Babcock’s take was a harsh but honest assessment but one Bruins captain Zdeno Chara disagreed with.
As for what the Red Wings need most over the summer to prepare for next season, Babcock summed up everything his team didn’t really have this season.
Health was clearly the Red Wings’ biggest issue this season and one that had a blessing in disguise. Injuries to Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, and many others gave players like Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, and Tomas Jurco opportunities to play big minutes in important games.
That’ll help down the road, but it feels empty now after bowing out in the first round.
They’re just one game into their regular season, but the Buffalo Sabres have already had to shift things around in their crease.
The Sabres announced that they have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on injured reserve after he was knocked out of Thursday’s game with a lower-body injury.
In a corresponding move, the club has recalled Nathan Lieuwen from their AHL affiliate in Rochester.
The 24-year-old didn’t play in the NHL last season, but he did have a 1-4-0 record with a 2.98 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage in seven games during the 2013-14 season.
Lieuwen was Buffalo’s sixth round pick, 167th overall, in the 2011 draft.
The Sabres also announced that they have loaned defenseman Jake McCabe and goaltender Linus Ullmark to the Rochester Americans (AHL).
McCabe was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s game against Ottawa, while Ullmark is being activated off I.R. after having double hip surgery during the off-season.
It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night.
Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.
Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and he’s already been forced to miss Boston’s season opening loss to the Jets.
Per CSN, Chara says he’s improving but he won’t return to the lineup until he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.
“Every area of the injury is improving,” said Chara. “Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”
Based on the number of defensive mistakes they committed on Thursday, the Bruins need Chara back as soon as possible: