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What happened to Boston’s vaunted defense?

Jun 20, 2013, 12:44 AM EDT

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BOSTON — Coming into tonight’s Game 4, one of the biggest stories was Boston’s tight defense and stellar goaltending. Watching Chicago take them down 6-5 in overtime made for quite the turn of events.

So, what happened? As you might expect, mistakes played a big role.

“We just made it too tough on ourselves,” goaltender Tuukka Rask said. “They got a lot of shots through and a lot of second opportunities. You allow six goals as a goalie you can’t be satisfied with the fact it wasn’t our best defensive effort.”

Did Chicago do anything new and different aside from putting Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane together? Rask didn’t think so.

“They just got shots through. I didn’t make saves or we didn’t block shots and they got those rebounds. It makes a difference.”

Captain Zdeno Chara kept his assessment brief.

“I thought they did a better job than we did [of crashing the net],” he said. “Net-front presence was something I thought we could do better. We didn’t manage the puck as well as we could’ve.”

Chara finished the night a minus-3 and was on the ice for five goals against.

Fellow B’s defenseman Johnny Boychuk says the team’s task heading into Game 5 and for the remainder series is simple.

“We have to clean up our own end and not make turnovers and play our own kind of game,” he said.

Is there anything positive to take from a frustrating loss like this?

“We did battle back and it was a two-goal deficit and we found a way to come back. We probably shouldn’t have been in that position anyways.”

Coach Claude Julien wasn’t going to evaluate his team publicly, but looking ahead he knows his team can improve.

“I think we can be a lot better,” he said. “We have an opportunity to be better next game.

“Hopefully, if anything, that makes us even hungrier for the next game.”

  1. badintent - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Bobby Valentine made a guest appearance as bench coach in the 2nd period.

  2. indianhead1992 - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:49 AM

    Sounds like Tukka isn’t a good team player. I don’t watch Bruins that much so correct if I’m wrong. But on both losses this series he blammed the defense. Game 1 he called out that young defencemen Krug or Kruk and now he is saying that the defence was bad tonight. I know both defences were pretty bad but I have yet to hear Crawford point out the lack of defence and offense last game. Like I said I dont follow the Bruins, I like their players and coach (not their owner) but it sounds like Thomas was a better team player.

    Great series so far! Both teams displaying why they are playing in the SCF!

    Go Hawks!

    • savoirlaire - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      Yeah, other than up and quitting on his team, Thomas is a great team player…

    • fubar77 - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      Uhm, I think if you go back and read for detail Tuukka states he missed some saves. I believe when he is talking about the defense not playing well he is incorporating himself in that group….as you know…the goalie is part of the defense.

  3. dearyxd - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:21 AM

    i want to hear something about the ice temperature they said after game 3 the ice was soft and bumpy and before game 4 they said the ice is colder/harder, so the harder ice better for the hawks quick game? is there a rule what is the required ice temp?

    • sanfranbruinsfan - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:51 AM

      the ice must be below 32 degrees fahrenheit at all times
      unless the canucks are playing, in which case it makes sense to have a swimming pool to dive into

    • spitfisher - Jun 20, 2013 at 8:08 AM

      They were referring to humidity, higher humidity say of 60 + will make the ice bumpy, the puck bounces, it does not necessarily make a team faster. Humidity and ice conditions are no exclusive to one building over the other. I don’t believe there is a rule regarding humidity levels

      Much has been said about speed of skaters and lines, both teams are considered fast, perhaps the hawks are faster, but the bruins are a heavy team when it comes to slowing down the opposition. In the over time games I wod say the bruins were the faster team over all or at least energized as the game went on.

    • homelanddefense - Jun 20, 2013 at 9:25 AM

      it was almost 20 degrees cooler here yesterday

  4. titansbro - Jun 20, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Lol @ Thomas being a better teammate. They hated Thomas & they love Rask, that should tell you something.

  5. tripps3 - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    Really sanfranbruinsfan – ice temp favoring the Hawks…..

    • hockey412 - Jun 20, 2013 at 7:55 AM

      I think you are calling out the wrong guy…

  6. greenmtnboy31 - Jun 20, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Q – What happened to Boston’s vaunted defense?

    A – They got exposed by Chicago’s speed.

    • imleftcoast - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      The Hawks did not get numbers to the net in Game 3, and they did that last night. Sending one guy to the front against Boston does not work. They collapse and clear out all the rebounds. Better ice is to the advantage of Chicago’s speed, and then Toews and Kane together worked out really well. Credit to Bruins though for fighting. That was a game Chicago couldn’t lose, and seem to have control of after 2 periods.

      I loved the gloating on here after Game 3. Go watch the Red Sox or start dreaming about Tebow starting games for the Pats. Momentum swings fast in hockey, and you don’t gloat after two or three wins. This is a 7 game series, and there’ll be 2 or more OT games. It’s going to be contested to the last minute. No doubt these are the best two teams in the NHL.

  7. fubar77 - Jun 20, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Some of us were not gloating so keep your generalizations to yourself. And take your own advice. Momentum changes quickly as you said. No one who knows anything about hockey considered this series over after a 2-1 lead by the Bruins. I know I didn’t and said as much on these boards.

    BTW where is your team right now?

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