Bruins’ Jim Montgomery Saw Plenty Wrong In Game 2 Loss To Maple Leafs

Jim Montgomery isn’t too pleased with Bruins’s offensive output

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BOSTON — Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery didn’t have rose-colored glasses on after Boston’s Game 2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden.

Montgomery saw plenty of areas in which the Bruins need to improve with the best-of-seven series knotted at 1-1.

Discipline play might be at the top of Montgomery’s list as penalties proved costly in Boston’s 3-2 defeat Monday night. The Bruins committed five infractions, including being whistled twice for too many men on the ice.

The Maple Leafs began their rally on the power play as they leveled the score with 1:34 left in the second period thanks to John Tavares tally before Auston Matthews netted the decisive goal in the final frame.

“I actually liked our second period until we took the penalties, and then they’re power play got rolling,” Montgomery said. “They get juice from the power play. I thought in the third period they were better than we were.”

Montgomery also took issue with Boston’s offense, which put 29 shots on Maple Leafs goalie Ilya Samsonov but only a few of them came from high-quality chances.

“I think it’s a function of they’re defending well. It’s also a function of we’re not playing fast enough,” Montgomery said. “We’re slow in transition, which is not allowing us to possess pucks and get in on the forecheck.”

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