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The Bruins put forth a decent effort Friday night but lost again, and on Saturday night they came the closest they’ve come to a win, but still managed to lose in a shootout to the Kings 3-2. Their current seven-game losing streak is the longest for the team since 1997, while their six straight home losses is the longest such streak since the 1924-25 season.
Tossing history aside, the Bruins did play better on Saturday night against a solid Kings team. In fact, they even held a third period lead in this game (albeit for just a couple minutes). Despite these two close, tough losses, Bruins coach Claude Julien feels the team is “turning the corner.”
“Overall, we feel we’re turning the corner, heading in the right direction,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “That’s two games in a row we’ve competed better than we had in the past.”
Dustin Brown started the scoring for the Kings, netting a power play goal 12 minutes into the game. The Bruins answered the Kings in the second period with a power play goal for Marco Sturm.
In the third period, the Bruins took the lead on Mark Recchi’s power play goal just 1:40 into the frame. Just three minutes later, the Kings tied the score with a power play goal by Anze Kopitar. So much for the penalty kill on either side.
In the shootout, the Bruins fell behind on Kopitar’s first try. They knotted it up on Michael Ryder’s goal, then traded goals (Marc Savard and Ryan Smyth) and misses before Jarret Stoll connected to finish the game.
In all, Tim Thomas finished with 27 saves, while former UMass Amherst standout Jonathan Quick finished with 31 saves for the Kings.
The Bruins next play on Tuesday at home against the red-hot Washington Capitals.