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Sport Avalanche make Bruins pay for slow start

07:45  08 december  2019
07:45  08 december  2019 Source:   bostonglobe.com

Slow starts aside, Bruins are setting the NHL pace

  Slow starts aside, Bruins are setting the NHL pace The Bruins spotted the Canadiens a 1-0 lead before striking for three third-period goals, the game-winner a feel-good moment for David Backes.“That was elation,” said Backes, 35, who hadn’t played since getting his head rattled yet again Nov. 2 in a monster truck collision with Ottawa’s Scott Sabourin.

Credit the Bruins for scoring the goals, but at least a couple of those probably don’t go in if they’re facing a playoff-caliber goalie next week. But that all changed in the second period when the Bruins finally got on the power play, and then scored a whopping five seconds after they took possession on

The Avalanche jumped all over the Bruins in the second game of the home-and-home series, grabbing a 4-1 lead after two periods at the Pepsi Center. After the game, Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask emphasized the difficulty of playing from behind, while Zdeno Chara noted the B’s simply need to play

It is time for the Bruins, in their own words, to wake up.

The Bruins bench was a glum place as time wound down on their 4-1 loss to the Avalanche.© Barry Chin The Bruins bench was a glum place as time wound down on their 4-1 loss to the Avalanche.

A game riddled with self-inflicted errors will beat some of the lesser teams on their schedule, as they showed over the last few weeks. It is a losing proposition against the Avalanche.

Colorado, one of three teams to beat Boston in regulation this season, on Saturday became the only team to do it twice. A 4-1 loss proved the Bruins (20-4-6) have a bit of work to do in the urgency department. Even while they were building an eight-game win streak late last month, they recognized their game was a bit too soft and fuzzy.

Avalanche hand Bruins first loss in regulation at home this season

  Avalanche hand Bruins first loss in regulation at home this season The Bruins got an early lead but Colorado took control with two goals in the second period.There was no late-game magic for Boston, which couldn’t generate enough against their Western visitors. In a low-shot game, the Avalanche emerged with a 4-1 win Saturday night after scoring three times in the first two periods.

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The Boston Bruins and Colorado Avalanche have had their issues in overtime and shootouts this season. As frustrated as Colorado is with its downward spiral that has spanned two months, a win in Boston on Sunday could make it a successful road trip.

“We got away with it for a while here,” said coach Bruce Cassidy, whose team took its first regulation loss at home all season (now 12-1-5), and its first 60-minute defeat in a month. They banked enough points to open up a 15-point lead over second place in the Atlantic Division (now 13, after Florida won Saturday).

“Good for us, right? It’s a results-oriented business,” Cassidy said. “But against the better teams, at some point, they will close out games. Tonight, great example of that.”

With Patrice Bergeron out of action — he missed his seventh game in a row — the NHL’s best three-man forward line is without question Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, and Mikko Rantanen. They have speed, size, and snarl, and they were dangerous every time on the ice, just as they were when the Bruins took a 4-2 loss in Denver on Oct. 10.

Avalanche make Bruins pay for slow start

  Avalanche make Bruins pay for slow start Virginia vs. Clemson: The Clemson Tiger won their 5th consecutive ACC Championship with a 62-17 win over Virginia.

- Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon's second-period goal against Dallas on Thursday night was only his I want to have a more consistent season and that starts with being prepared every night and Wild: In the Minnesota win over the Bruins , Mikael Granlund had the only goal of the game with 44.5

Stanley Cup Final | Bruins vs. Blues. "I think I could have made the decision earlier," Sutter said of pulling Quick. Sutter shuffled his bottom three lines in the third period, and the Kings battled back to score three unanswered goals by defenseman Jake Muzzin and Slava Voynov and center Trevor Lewis.

The Bruins were welcoming hosts to the Avalanche, now 12-0-2 in their last 14 games in Boston. After Chris Wagner, part of a fourth line that matched up against Colorado’s top trio, scored the opening goal on a deflection at 13:14 of the first, the Avs potted the rest.

Bruins mistakes went up on the scoreboard. With 2:35 left in the first, Colorado forwards Matt Nieto and Val Nichushkin went hard to the net, and Nichushkin dragged a backhander around Jaroslav Halak (16 saves on 19 shots).

The Bruins’ inability to clear the zone led to defenseman Ian Cole teeing up a slapper for a 2-1 goal at 9:17 of the second. The Avs worked the perimeter, Jake DeBrusk and Danton Heinen unable to get it back, and Cole hammered one far side.

An opportunistic Andre Burakovsky put the visitors up by two goals with 1:39 remaining in the second. Burakovsky, who scored the dagger in the previous meeting, took a chip from MacKinnon and raced up the wing. Charlie McAvoy offered a bit too much help for partner Matt Grzelcyk, leaving Burakovsky open to zip a drag-snapshot underneath Halak’s glove.

29-year-old backcountry skier killed in avalanche in Colorado, officials say

  29-year-old backcountry skier killed in avalanche in Colorado, officials say A 29-year-old woman died on Sunday afternoon after getting caught in an avalanche while backcountry skiing in northern Colorado, officials said.The skier was completely buried by snow from the avalanche on Diamond Peak near Cameron Pass in northern Colorado's Larimer County.

An avalanche (also called a snowslide) is an event that occurs when a cohesive slab of snow lying upon a weaker layer of snow fractures and slides down a steep slope.

WASHINGTON -- The slow start didn't seal the Rangers' fate Saturday afternoon, but it certainly didn't help their cause. Coming off a physically and mentally draining triple-overtime victory in Game 3 on Wednesday, the Rangers were overwhelmed in the first period of Game 4. The Capitals left the first

That came after some of the best opportunities of the night for Boston, which held possession in the Avs’ zone for more than a minute. They pushed hard in the third, out-chancing the visitors, 13-3, and held a 31-7 shot attempts edge in the period, but that just pushed the overall shots on goal totals to 20-20.

They were playing from behind, for most of the night . . . again.

“We tend to be much better when we’re behind,” Brad Marchand said. “It’s a bit of a wakeup call. We need that from the first shift of the first period. If we want to win, be a good team, and have a chance in playoffs, we have to do that all game long.

“It’s tough. The season gets long. It’s no excuse. . . . It’s a good game to realize we’re not going to continue to win like that.

“It’s good to lose every now and again, then right the ship. Maybe that’s this game.”

The Bruins will look inward Sunday, before visiting Ottawa on Monday, the start of a four-game Eastern road trip (Washington, Tampa Bay, Florida).

Their power play, which went 0 for 3 on Saturday, hasn’t scored in three games and is 1 for 15 in its last six.

The goal droughts of Boston’s top scorers are creeping up. David Pastrnak, stuck on 25 goals, is still five ahead of Alex Ovechkin for the league lead. But he has zeroes in his last three. Marchand (five games without a goal), Danton Heinen and Anders Bjork (six each), and Charlie McAvoy (0 for 30 this season) would like that feeling again.

Alaska hiker buried upside down in avalanche for over an hour saved in 'miracle' rescue

  Alaska hiker buried upside down in avalanche for over an hour saved in 'miracle' rescue A hiker in Alaska was dug out from an avalanche after being buried upside down for more than an hour when another hiker spotted his legs sticking out of the snow. © FoxNews.com Five feel-good stories from the week of Nov.15- Nov. 22. Check out what’s clicking on Foxnews.com. The avalanche occurred on Flattop Mountain around 1 p.m. a slab of frozen debris 2 to 3 feet thick got dislodged and fell down the slope amid strong winds, the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center reported in a news release.

When you pay your debts from the smallest to largest balance you start to clear those little debts away very quickly. Mathematically this makes the most sense. The snowball and avalanche methods are nearly identical in that you’ll be able to pay off your debt quickly (depending on how much debt

BOSTON--Philipp Grubauer will make his 18th start of the season tonight when the Colorado Avalanche takes on the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. The Avalanche is coming off a 3-2 win at the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday and has won five straight outings, matching the team's longest win

After Wagner opened the scoring by tipping a John Moore point drive (credit Bjork for strong work on the walls to set it up), returning winger Brett Ritchie had a golden chance to make it 2-0. He sailed a wrister wide left on a clean break-in, one of 15 attempts that missed the net.

The Avs also blocked 21 shots, including three in the game’s final two minutes with the Bruins on a 6-on-4 power play. Landeskog, who high-sticked Pastrnak to create the man-up chance, cashed a long-distance empty-netter with three seconds left.

Another example of playing with fire against a dangerous team: To start the second period, Wagner won the opening faceoff against Landeskog, but McAvoy iced the puck. Working out of their own zone, the Bruins allowed the MacKinnon unit three shots and a line change before getting out of the zone.

“If we’re on our toes,” Cassidy said, “we’re cleaner. We’ve got to wake up . . . and live with the result. Doesn’t mean you’re going to win, but I think we’re leaving plays on the table because of our lack of urgency.”

Marchand called Colorado a “dominant team, especially that one line,” but said the Bruins are right there with them.

Or should have been, anyway.

“We were all over them in the third period. We’re not going to sit here and say they’re a better team than us, but they had a better game than we did,” he said. “If we are going to compete with them, we have to be better than we were tonight.”

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Utah snowboarder killed after triggering 'significant' avalanche that buried him alive .
A 45-year-old snowboarder was killed Sunday after he triggered an avalanche that buried him under feet of snow, according to officials. © FoxNews.com Colorado Avalanche Information Center officials say they haven't seen a season like this in half a century; Alicia Acuna reports from Denver. The Utah Avalanche Center said the male snowboarder left Canyons Village in Park City through a backcountry gate at the top of the 9990 lift to access Dutch Drew. The 45-year-old was partway down the slope when he trigged the avalanche around 11 a.m.

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