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The Bruins failed to score in a 2-0 loss to Minnesota. With Rich Peverley and Nathan Horton out with injuries, the offense struggled again. The Wild benefited from two second period goals and that was all they needed in this one.
The Bruins are getting the chances (48 shots Sunday) but can’t find ways to score lately.The Bruins are now seven points out of first place in the East.
The Bruins have been on the wrong side of a couple of shutouts in the past week. In each of those games, the Bruins had over 40 shots on goal.
The key could be the first goal. The Bruins play a lot better with the lead mostly because aggressive defense leads to more offense. When playing from behind, the focus has to go more on offense. With key offensive players out, the top line needs to be better.
If the Seguin-Bergeron-Marchand line is going to be the number one line, then they need to start carrying the team offensively during these tough times.
The rest of the team needs to step it up as well, but when that line is going, it seems like the Bruins are going well.
The Bruins at one point this season were playing some of the best hockey they ever have. Heading towards the trade deadline the Bruins are no longer playing excellent hockey and something about this team is different.
Injuries are playing some type of role in this but even before the losses of Horton and Peverley the Bruins seemed to come back down to earth.
Looking back at the schedule it seems pretty clear as to when things changed, that loss to the Canucks may have taken some air out of the Bruins balloon. The energy and focus just hasn’t been the same since that game.