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Let’s face it: the Bruins have received a pass so far this season. The Red Sox collapsed, drank beer, ate fried chicken, and were the talk of the town for weeks after the season. The Patriots, meanwhile, started 5-1 and appear destined for the playoffs. But, the Sox talk has subsided and the Pats are coming off a bye, so all eyes are on the Bruins.
In the words of Kramer: “Look away…I’m hideous!”
The Bruins lost again Thursday night, this time to the hated Canadiens 2-1 to fall to 3-6 (6 points) on the season and dead last in the Eastern Conference standings.
“It’s something that we are working on addressing daily,” said goaltender Tim Thomas. “We realize we need to start putting wins in the win column. We’re going to try our best to make that happen.”
Thomas, though, did his part. He finished with 33 saves, allowing one goal in the second and the go-ahead goal in the third. But, he’s not the problem. Per the usual, he has been pretty excellent again this season (2.14 GAA).
The offense in general is where the biggest issues lie. This team cannot score goals. In their six losses, the team has scored a grand total of seven goals. Milan Lucic was coming off goals in two straight games heading into Thursday night, but he failed to get a point and has just two goals on the season. Remember, this guy was a 30-goal scorer a year ago.
In fact, the team’s only goal Thursday was actually an own goal by Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec, who won a first-period faceoff that went straight through Carey Price’s net to give the Habs the 1-0 lead. Patrice Bergeron was credited with his second goal of the year.
I’ll admit it’s nice to see the Bruins are still as tough a team as they were in the playoffs a year ago. Brad Marchand and PK Subban came to blows in an exciting first period. Subban tried to land a right hook, but instead slipped on the ice. He came to his feet and the two traded jabs. It was good to see Marchand’s willingness to fight. His team needed something.
But there’s not much more to the B’s after the solid defense/goaltending and the willingness to be physical. This team still has issues with scoring.
I’d recommend that Peter Chiarelli start looking (if he hasn’t already) for some new “snipers.” The team has the cap room, so I’d say it’s time to open up the checkbook.