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The Bruins have been pretty bad now for more than a month. I know, they have had some nice wins and made a couple nice trades at the deadline, but just look at the standings. Their once-massive Eastern Conference lead is now down to just four points (the B’s are at 100 and the Capitals at 96).
It went from bad to worse Thursday night against the Kings, after the Bruins blew a 2-0 third period lead and lost 3-2 in overtime. With the OT loss, the Bruins have almost as many losses in the last 19 games (6-9-4) than in their first 53 games (39-8-6) combined.
How could the Bruins just let another one slip away? Is it really a lack of confidence?
“Whether we’re on the road or at home, teams are coming up against us and it’s almost like they’ve got the upper hand already,” Thomas said, “because they’re the more confident team.”
It looks like it. The B’s had a 2-0 lead thanks to Matt Hunwick’s goal in the first period and Mark Recchi’s goal early in the second period.
Then, Michael Handzus made it a 2-1 game with his goal midway through the third period. With less than two minutes to goal, Drew Doughty banged in his fifth goal of the year to tie the game at 2.
The Bruins earned at least a poitn as the game went into overtime, and it seemed they were completely satisfied with just that. The Bruins did not muster a shot on goal in overtime, and Dustin Brown made them pay with a game-winning goal late in the period.
Tim Thomas finished with 35 saves in the loss.
The Bruins will look to get back on track Sunday against the Devils.