Jim Montgomery Shares His Lone Regret From First-Round Defeat

Published May 2, 2023 at 0:56

In an unfortunate turn of events, Bruins fans witnessed questionable coaching decisions by Jim Montgomery at the most inopportune moment.

Despite this, Boston's head coach admitted to having only one regret from the round one defeat. Strangely enough, both Montgomery and goalie Linus Ullmark experienced their worst performances of the season during the opening series against the Panthers.

Could There Be More to It?

While it's tempting to point out numerous missteps by Montgomery, the coach acknowledged just a single one. According to Steve Conroy from The Boston Herald:

"Off the top of his head, Montgomery said his lone regret was splitting up Marchand and Bergeron to start Game 5"

Since the 2008-09 season, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand have shared 12,842:46 of ice time together. Although this change surprised the pair, it's hard to believe that it had a more significant impact than Montgomery's actual blunder.

In retrospect, the disastrous ending could have been averted if Montgomery hadn't made his initial error in the series.

Heading back to Boston with a 3-1 series lead, Montgomery opted to start Ullmark for the fifth consecutive game, despite back-to-back games of intense pressure from the Panthers' offense.

Even if the Bruins had still lost game five with Jeremy Swayman – who played exceptionally well in the game seven loss – they would've had a rested Ullmark for game six.

But who's to say? The fault may lie with the coaching, goaltending, or players themselves. Another factor worth considering is giving credit to the Florida Panthers, who managed to exploit the NHL-leading Bruins with their relentless forecheck.

As read on Bruins Insider - Jim Montgomery Reveals His One Regret From Round One Loss.
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Jim Montgomery Shares His Lone Regret From First-Round Defeat

What was Jim Montgomery's biggest mistake in the playoffs?

Not starting Swayman in Game 517079.4 %
Splitting up Marchand and Bergeron2411.2 %
Sitting Grzelcyk in Game 6104.7 %
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