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Bruins’ Jim Montgomery Noticed Lots Fallacious In Sport 2 Loss To Maple Leafs


BOSTON — Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery didn’t have rose-colored glasses on after Boston’s Sport 2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Backyard.

Montgomery noticed loads of areas wherein the Bruins want to enhance with the best-of-seven sequence knotted at 1-1.

Self-discipline play is likely to be on the prime of Montgomery’s listing as penalties proved pricey in Boston’s 3-2 defeat Monday night time. The Bruins dedicated 5 infractions, together with being whistled twice for too many males on the ice.

The Maple Leafs started their rally on the facility play as they leveled the rating with 1:34 left within the second interval because of John Tavares tally earlier than Auston Matthews netted the decisive aim within the remaining body.

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“I truly appreciated our second interval till we took the penalties, after which their energy play received rolling,” Montgomery stated. “They get juice from the facility play. I assumed within the third interval they have been higher than we have been.”

Montgomery additionally took problem with Boston’s offense, which put 29 pictures on Maple Leafs goalie Ilya Samsonov however only some got here from high-quality probabilities.

“I believe it’s a operate of they’re defending effectively. It’s additionally a operate of we’re not taking part in quick sufficient,” Montgomery stated. “We’re gradual in transition, which isn’t permitting us to own pucks and get in on the forecheck.”

Montgomery actually needed extra out of the Bruins forwards, particularly after Boston was down to 5 defensemen in entrance of Linus Ullmark for 20-plus minutes as a consequence of an damage to Andrew Peeke.

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However Montgomery didn’t get what he needed. The Bruins went on the facility play with simply over six minutes left, however didn’t do a lot with it.

“I assumed our 5 (defensemen) gave us all the things they might,” Montgomery stated. “I assumed our forwards wanted to take over the sport within the third interval.”

Although the Bruins scored first on a power-play aim from Morgan Geekie, the Maple Leafs dictated play for giant segments of the sport.

Toronto was extra aggressive, which was pure because it didn’t wish to be beginning at a 2-0 sequence deficit. However the Bruins must discover a strategy to ramp issues up for Sport 3.

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“I didn’t assume our urgency was the place it wanted to be to prevail,” Montgomery stated. “I didn’t assume puck administration was a detriment to us. I simply didn’t assume we gained sufficient wall battles to get out of our finish efficiently.”

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