Boston University men’s hockey coach Jack Parker said he wasn’t surprised to see his team come out flat in Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to the No. 9/10 University of Notre Dame because his players ‘weren’t all that jacked up’ for the two practices leading up to the game.
Anytime a team dresses four new players for the first time as the Boston Bruins did last night, it’s going to take time for players to get comfortable with their new linemates. In last night’s 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators, it took the Bruins exactly one period.
Colin Wilson tried to treat Wednesday’s game as if it were no different than any other. He knew plenty of attention would surround his return to Boston, where the Nashville Predators forward starred at Boston University the past two seasons. But Wilson had no interest in putting added pressure on himself, even with a host of ex-teammates and supporters in attendance at TD Garden.
If you put the puck on net, good things are going to happen. It’s an adage that’s drilled into every hockey player’s head from the time they’re mites, and it’s true. Unless you’re the 2009-10 Boston University men’s hockey team, that is.
The refs may have been rash with the whistle in Tuesday’s men’s hockey game, but they called the game both ways, and BU didn’t appear urgent to capitalize on its early power play opportunities.