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The Boston Bruins are hanging on to the lead in the Northeast division by a thread after Thursday’s 6-2 loss in Florida. Tim Thomas continues to struggle, yet keeps getting continuous starts due to the injury to Tuukka Rask. Jose Theodore, meanwhile, made 24 saves on 26 shots in a game that the Bruins played as bad as we have seen all season. The B’s have now had four losses in a row and need to improve in every way possible to hang on to home ice and the division lead.
Is it a lack of leadership? Injuries? Coaching problems? Tired players? We don’t know what is going on with this team, but something needs to change soon.
The Flyers are in town Saturday, The Bruins are looking to avoid a five game losing skid.
Six goals found a way behind Thomas in the ugly loss. Not all of the goals were his fault to be fair, but he has to be better. Maybe Thomas is too tired to be playing in these games, but there are not many other options for Claude Julien.
Thomas had a save percentage of .79 for the game, and everyone in the NHL knows he is WAY better than that. His teammates of late havent been doing much to help him out. Too many turnovers in the defensive zone led to Panther goals.
The Panthers also benefited from a bad call on Shawn Thornton and turned it into a power play goal to make it 1-0.
Thomas is starting to look more uncomfortable and un confident with the way he handles shots and by his body language between the pipes. If Thomas can’t find his game the Bruins can very easily fall from second to seventh. Ottawa is now only one point behind the Bruins.
NHL teams dont look too scared of the Bruins anymore. Not too long ago, the Bruins were winning games and beating teams up physically.
The Bruins are not hitting like they can. In a 6-2 routing, you would think there were a few fights, but nope…not one. The Bruins feed off of the energy that comes with a fight. How many times have we seen them go down a goal and Thornton sparks the club soon after with a brawl?
It can’t be Thornton every game, but there are enough players on this team that are capable to play that role any given night. It has been missing lately and needs to return soon.
Brian Rolston had his most productive game as a Bruin with a goal and an assist. Joe Corvo looked pretty good in the first period and scored the first Bruins goal. I’m not really sure if those can be called bright spots, due to the circumstances surrounding this team.
The power play was 1/2 (the Rolston goal came on the man advantage). The Bruins are going to find it tough to score goals if they are constantly turning the puck over and finding themselves down 2-0 early on.