Bruins notebook: Matt Poitras shakes off bad turnover

Mistakes can occur to anybody. As it’s usually stated, hockey is a sport of errors.

But when a 19-year-old rookie makes a mistake that results in a aim towards, that may do a job on the participant’s confidence.

It seems Matt Poitras will probably be simply nice, nevertheless.

Poitras had his uh-oh second late within the first interval of the Bruins’ 5-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. Carrying the puck out of the defensive zone, he first averted J.T. Compher with a nifty transfer. But as soon as he acquired over the blue line, Detroit sniper Alex DeBrincat picked his pocket and broke in on a clear breakaway to attain to make it 2-0.

The B’s by no means recovered on the scoreboard, however Poitras performed properly after that, ripping a shot that simply missed the web on the subsequent shift after which drawing a penalty late within the second interval.

“I thought (the response) was great. I told him that on the bench,” stated coach Jim Montgomery. “I said, ‘You’re a player that has to carry the puck. You’re going to turn it over sometimes.’ But I’m glad on the next shift, he held it, he cut in the middle, let a shot go, almost scored. I don’t want him to lose his confidence with the puck.”

Poitras’ response impressed his teammates.

“Sometimes you don’t know how guys are going to react to mistakes, and we all make mistakes,” stated Charlie Coyle. “We’re always there to back each other up, pump each other up, no matter what happens because it’ll happen again and again, to everyone. But he seems like he has that chill attitude where he can move on, not dwell on it and still go out and make plays. I think it was a shift or two after where he was making great plays and almost scoring and creating some scoring opportunities for us. That’s a sign of a pretty good player whose mentally strong as well. That’s pretty rare at a young age.”

Said Poitras’ linemate Jake DeBrusk: “Obviously, playing with him, I wanted to say a couple of things to keep his head right. But he’s a strong guy. He’s got a strong mind. I think he knows he’s going to get the opportunity to come back. The next shift he almost score one, too. I thought he played well overall tonight. I thought he held on to pucks against a pretty aggressive team.”

Growing pains

With Matt Grzelcyk eligible to return off LTIR for Saturday’s sport towards the Rangers at Madison Square Garden, it’s a great wager rookie Mason Lohrei is headed again to Providence in some unspecified time in the future. In 10 video games, he has 1-3-4 totals, together with an help on Friday. But he was additionally minus-3 and he typically sat on the bench in lead-protecting conditions.

“We’ve been communicating, showing video to Mason after every game,” stated Montgomery. “I think Joe Sacco and assistant coach John McLean have done a really good job of showing him where he’s really good and where his game needs to evolve. Those things are reading rushes and being firm on pucks, puck battles. Also, in our D-zone, take away time and space. He’s a tremendous young hockey player. We’re so excited we have him, right? But there’s growing pains with young players. There just is.”

Cold turkey

Brad Marchand was held off the board for the second straight sport and was tagged with three giveaways, together with the ultimate one which handed David Perron the empty netter.

He additionally took an offensive zone cross-checking penalty on a penalty kill that gave Detroit at 5-on-3 for 1:01.

Montgomery was requested if he sensed his captain getting pissed off.

“I haven’t sensed him frustrated right now, to be honest. I thought he was frustrated the first five games of the year maybe and then he started to simplify his game and I think he’s been very productive for us. But tonight, he had too much tryptophan in him,” stated Montgomery with a wry smile.

Loose pucks

With Morgan Geekie returning to the lineup, James van Riemsdyk sat for the primary time this 12 months and he was joined by fellow veteran Kevin Shattenkirk, who was changed within the lineup by Ian Mitchell. Montgomery stated the modifications needed to to do with load administration.

“We’re in the middle of five games in eight days,” stated Montgomery.

Geekie was out since struggling in higher physique harm on Nov. 6 in Dallas. He was within the field for Detroit’s first aim and was minus-1 in 15:05 of ice time.

“Looked rusty,” stated Montgomery.