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As winter looms, the Bruins remain cold. Sunday evening was another tough game for Boston, as they fell to the Atlanta Thrashers 4-1. With the loss, the Bruins are now 1-3-1 in their last five games. Blake Wheeler had the one lone goal for the Bruins, who finished off the month of November 6-6-2. The B’s started off the season 6-2-0 in October and are now 12-8-2 and are struggling.
Atlanta, on the other hand, kept pace with Boston with the win by improving it’s record to 12-9-3, good for 27 points.
Boston’s toughness against the penalty kill was one of the best in the league just a couple of weeks ago, but since then the team has struggled to defend the power play and score goals themselves. The Bruins have only scored five goals in the last four games (three losses) and have allowed four power-play goals in the past two games. There’s no need to throw any red flags up yet, but if the Bruins continue to play this way then it might be a long season.
Tuukka Rask started in goal for the Bruins and struggled. He stopped only 22-of-26 shots on goal as he saw his record fall to 1-6-1 on the year.
On the other side of the ice, Ondrej Pavelec started in goal for the Thrashers and had a solid game. The goalie stopped 40-of-41 shots-on-goal for his sixth win of the season. The 23 year-old is now 6-4-2 on the year.
The Bruins will have a couple of days to rest, as they aren’t in action until Wednesday night when they take on the Philadelphia Flyers on the road. The Flyers will be a tough match-up; they currently sit atop the Atlantic Division with a record of 15-6-4. Wednesday’s contest will be the first meeting between the two teams this season, but they will have a quick rematch ten days later. Boston will try and get their revenge on Philly; the Flyers were the team who eliminated the Bruins last season in the Conference Semifinals after the Bruins were up 3-0 in the series before dropping four straight.