June 13, 2024

Montgomery shoulders blame as Bruins in 2-1 hole to Panthers

BOSTON — Coach Jim Montgomery took duty for the Boston Bruins falling in a 2-1 collection hole to the Florida Panthers after a 6-2 Game 3 loss Friday evening at TD Garden.

“Our execution in the last two games has just not been good enough and that’s my fault. I’ve got to be better,” Montgomery mentioned.

In explicit, the coach accepted blame for the Bruins’ sluggish begin in Game 3 that noticed them outshot 13-3 in the primary interval and 24-8 by the point the Panthers had constructed a 3-0 lead in the second. It was a begin that quieted a raucous Boston crowd.

“We’ve had a couple of games where we started slow,” Montgomery mentioned. “We haven’t generated much offense. I have to give the players a better plan. Florida was significantly better than us. I’ve got to come up with a better game plan.”

The Bruins did not present any life till the third interval, when middle Jakub Lauko scored to lower the deficit to 4-1 and break a streak of 10 straight Panthers objectives in the collection. Boston received to inside 4-2, however the Florida protection and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (15 saves) stopped the comeback.

Boston’s late-game rally got here after it misplaced captain Brad Marchand to an upper-body damage. Marchand skated eight shifts in the primary interval and 7 in the second, amassing 10:51 in ice time earlier than departing for good. He did not register a shot on aim.

Montgomery mentioned the Bruins will know extra about their captain’s standing Saturday. But he mentioned Marchand’s absence may need served as inspiration for his gamers in the third interval.

“I thought we rallied because of our captain,” he mentioned. “I thought our players all elevated their games and we started competing like Brad Marchand would have.”

Defenseman Brandon Carlo mentioned that winger David Pastrnak, defenseman Charlie McAvoy and winger Pat Maroon have been extra vocal than traditional in the third interval to make up for Marchand’s absence.

“I think we did a good job of generating some stuff, and that’s a key that they brought to the game for us,” he mentioned.

The Panthers took over with the ability play. Boston rookie defenseman Mason Lohrei was whistled for a double minor for top sticking at 14:37 of the second interval. Vladimir Tarasenko and Carter Verhaeghe scored on the guaranteeing energy performs to make it 3-0.

Just 3:09 into the third interval, defenseman Brandon Montour beat Jeremy Swayman (27 saves) for one more power-play aim to make it 4-0. The Panthers have been 4-for-6 with the person benefit.

“I think they made adjustments. They have lots of really good players. But I still have confidence in our penalty kill,” mentioned ahead Jake DeBrusk, one in all Boston’s penalty killers. “Honestly, we’ve got to stay out of the [penalty] box. No matter what we think of the refs or what’s going on.”

But DeBrusk did not imagine the Game 3 loss fell on his coach, regardless of how a lot blame Montgomery shouldered.

“I think that it goes both ways. We’re the ones that are out there. We’re the ones that are playing the game. He can put any plan that he thinks it’s going to help us out, but we’ve got to execute,” DeBrusk mentioned. “It’s about making the right one or making the right decisions and obviously we didn’t do that. Against a team like that, you have to play a pretty perfect game. And the last two games you’ve seen what happens when we don’t.”

Game 4 is Sunday evening in Boston.

Montgomery, who mentioned it is again to the drafting board to discover a manner to knot the collection, once more pinned the loss on himself.

“It’s too early to be able to talk about changes,” he mentioned. “We got to do our due diligence and look at the game again and see who is executing and who’s playing with the effort. But it’s not good enough. We didn’t play well enough. That’s why I take the responsibility.”