The Colorado Avalanche handed the Boston Bruins their first loss of the season, beating the hometown team 2-0 Thursday night in front of a sellout crowd at TD Garden.
The Avs are now a surprising 4-0 to begin the season while the Bruins fall to 2-1.
But while the Avs were a perfect three-for-three on the penalty kill, the B’s gave up their first power play goal this season. And that proved to be the difference, even as Boston outshot Colorado by a healthy margin, 39-30. (The Avs’ second goal came on a empty net with less than a minute left in the game.)
Despite four days off – or perhaps because of it – the Bruins looked sluggish out of the gate as the Avalanche outshot the B’s 14-10 and took a 1-0 lead with just 40 seconds left in the period on a power play goal by Ryan O’Reilly. A hooking penalty by David Krejci at 18:54 set up the opportunity.
But the Bruins shook off the rust and appeared to adjust to Colorado’s speed, outshooting their opponents 9-2 to start the second period.
Try as they might however, they could not find the back of the net. Colorado’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere was doing his best imitation of his head coach, looking positively Roy-esque with 39 saves en route to a shutout.
The Bruins head to Ohio Friday where they take on the Blue Jackets in Columbus Saturday night before returning to Boston for a rematch with the Red Wings on Monday.