By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Hopes of an undefeated Boston Bruins season were dashed in Denver on Thursday night, but through almost no fault of the B's own, as Bruce Cassidy's squad had two goals wiped off the board in a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Avalanche.
Up 2-1 after the first period of play thanks to goals from David Pastrnak and Zdeno Chara, the Bruins appeared to take a 3-1 lead just 1:50 into the second period behind Karson Kuhlman's first goal of the season. But a challenge from Colorado bench boss Jared Bednar successfully wiped the goal off the table, as the video review determined that David Krejci, who was jostling for position in front of Avalanche netminder Philipp Grubauer, impeded Grubauer from making the save on Kuhlman's bid.
Kuhlman's goal gets over turned for goalie interference pic.twitter.com/KKUuxuPYhI
— Marina Molnar (@mkmolnar) October 11, 2019
The Avalanche used that call to their favor to bring themselves back even on Pierre-Edouard Bellemare's net-front finish scored at the 9:43 mark of the middle frame, while the B's went 0-for-14 against Grubauer in the middle frame, and with no chance better than Jake DeBrusk's late-period one-timer snuffed out by the Colorado goaltender.
Deadlocked at 2-2 through 40 minutes of action, the Bruins appeared to once again jump ahead of the Avalanche when DeBrusk finished the job on some beautiful power-play movement headlined by a sweet backhanded dish from No. 88.
The #CellySZN tweet that wasn't meant to be.
Still 2-2. pic.twitter.com/gCfk4amE5V
— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) October 11, 2019
But Bednar once again challenged the play, which revealed that Pastrnak was ahead of the puck by an inch (maybe two at the very most) 50 seconds before DeBrusk beat Grubauer for what would have been the go-ahead goal. Pastrnak's head-start into the offensive zone had as much to do with DeBrusk's goal as I did watching this game from my apartment.
Bednar wins another challenge! This one for offsides. We are still tied 2-2 after the second overturned Bruins goal of the night. pic.twitter.com/y8TFFRbRIY
— Avalanche Gifs (@Avs__Gifs) October 11, 2019
The Avs once again used the wipeout to their advantage, as Andre Burakovsky came through with an absolute snipe that beat Jaroslav Halak's glove 13 minutes into the third frame. It was a truly self-inflicted goals for the Bruins, too, as Jake DeBrusk failed to win a battle for a loose puck into the offensive zone and Connor Clifton lost an edge in the defensive zone, giving Burakovsky all the spaced needed to tee up his first goal in an Avalanche uniform after spending five years with the Capitals.
It was a goal that the B's never quite recovered from, as the Bruins turned up the heat in pursuit of the game-tying goal, but ultimately surrendered an empty-net goal to Gabriel Landeskog to close the door on their comeback attempt.
Halak stopped 32-of-35 shots thrown his way in the losing effort, while Grubauer had stops on 39-of-41 shots faced.
Bruins winger Joakim Nordstrom, who missed the first three games of the season due to a foot injury, made his 2019-20 debut, and finished with three shots on goal and two hits in 11:05 of time on ice.
The Bruins will make their way back to Boston for a Saturday night home opener against the Devils.