The wheels are dangerously close to falling off for the Boston Bruins as they head down the home stretch of the regular season. After subpar performances for most of the past two weeks, the Black and Gold came away with a rather unimpressive 3-0 win over the Panthers on Sunday, only to be taken to task last night by the Philadelphia Flyers, losing a by a disappointing 5-2 margin to a team on the outside of the playoff picture looking in. A relatively strong first period was followed by a lackluster second that saw the Flyers tally two goals in just seven seconds, before adding two more in the final period. The loss underscores the issues with the team right now, a lack of confidence, an inability to put together a full 60 minute effort, and a complete lack of puck management. Time is short to right the ship with the playoffs just a week away.
Don’t let the record fool you, the Boston Bruins haven’t been playing great hockey recently. Despite scoring two shorthanded goals in the first period and holding a 4-0 lead halfway through the game, the Black and Gold had to do some serious scrambling to escape with a 5-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils tonight at the Prudential Center. Gregory Campbell led the way with two goals and fellow Merlot line alum Daniel Paille added a goal and an assist for the B’s who temporarily reclaim first place in the Northeast Division with the win.
In a game that saw the Bruins and Senators combine for an amazing 97 shots in regulation, it was Boston who put more in the back of the net, earning a 3-2 victory over Ottawa last night at TD Garden. The Bruins top offensive line of David Krejci, Milan Lucic and Nathan Horton picked up right where they left off over the weekend, with Krejci and Horton scoring the first and third goals respectively, with Tyler Seguin adding the second off a beautiful feed from Brad Marchand. Anton Khudobin, starting his second consecutive game after a strong performance against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday, was again sharp in between the pipes stopping 45 of 47 Ottawa shots for his eighth win of the season.
The win did come at a cost however, as center Patrice Bergeron left the game in the second period and did not return after a collision with Senator forward Colin Greening, where it appeared that Bergeron took a forearm/elbow to the head while battling for a loose puck. Information on Boston’s best two way player and current leading scorer was not available after the game, so expect further updates today.
The Boston Bruins finally wrapped up a hectic month of March yesterday with 2-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres, just a day after they took a 3-1 loss in a lackluster effort against the Philadelphia Flyers. The win over the Sabres closes a 17 games in 30 days stretch that saw the black and gold post a mediocre 9-6-2 record, but still good enough to maintain the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference standing. Meanwhile the NHL trade deadline continues to loom large, as GM Peter Chiarelli continues to work the phones in hopes of filling some holes in the Bruins lineup.
|Cam Neely accepting the award in his first season as a Bruin (1986-87), his breakout year
The Bruins 7th Player Award was born in the 1960’s by the Gallery Gods in the old Garden. This annual award was to given to a player who performed above and beyond expectations, not necessarily a star player on the team, but more geared towards a teammate who was willing to do the dirty work without the reward of his name showing up in the boxscore. Bobby Orr, Phil Esposito, or Johhny Bucyk never won the award… rather it was doled out to guys like Derek Sanderson, Ed Westfall, and Fred Stanfield.