For about 50 minutes of last night’s game against the Penguins it seemed like the Boston Bruins just might be able to hold on to a third period 2-0 lead and take two points from one of the top teams in the league, despite clearly not having much energy left after playing into a shootout with Ottawa the night before. Unfortunately the flood gates opened at the 13:42 mark of the third period when Chris Kunitz blasted home a feed from Kris Letang to get the Penguins on the board, and Brandon Sutter added back to back goals in a three and a half minute span to sink the B’s, 3-2. Anton Khudobin played extremely well in goal for the Bruins, who despite the loss remain just a point behind Pittsburgh and Montreal for the top spot in the East, but in the end couldn’t do enough to keep the Pens from roaring back.
Coming off one of their better performances of the year with a 3-0 shutout win over the Flyers yesterday, the Bruins held practice today ahead of one their busier weeks of the season. The Black and Gold will be in Ottawa tomorrow to kick off a stretch of five games in seven days, which will surely test the Bruins’ depth and skill.
Game 20: Boston Bruins vs. Washington Capitals
Tuesday, March 5th, 7pm, Verizon Center, Washington
TV: NESN, CSN-DC Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
The Bruins were back to business today after their defeat at the hands of the Canadiens last night, with an optional skate this morning at Ristuccia Arena before heading to Washington D.C. to face the Capitals tomorrow night. While the mood was generally positive despite losing two points from their bitter rivals, many Bruin players acknowledged some disappointment for not stepping up in their captain’s absence after he took care of business against Alexei Emelin. Their next opponents will provide a nice rebound opportunity and a chance for some revenge for last season’s playoffs however, as the Caps have struggled all season and currently reside tied for last place in the Eastern Conference.
Game 16: Boston Bruins vs. New York Islanders
Tuesday, February 26th, 7:30pm, Nassau Coliseum, Long Island
TV: NESN, NBC Sports Network Radio: 98.5 The Sports Hub
Tomorrow night the Bruins will bring their current five game road trip to a close at the Nassau Coliseum, but also embark on a rough schedule for the remainder of the season that has a two day break between games only once more. Winners of their last three in a row, Boston faces the Islanders for the second time this season looking to improve on their league best winning percentage.
It’s no secret that Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is one of NHL’s best and most feared defensemen. Everyone is aware of his booming, 105 mph slapshot from the blueline. But Big Z gave B’s fans a reminder that he brings even more to the table today with a beautiful spin-o-rama, backhand goal to lead the Bruins to a 4-1 victory over the Panthers this afternoon in Sunrise. The win improved Boston’s record to 11-2-2, their best start in 36 years.