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Bruins Can’t Get It Together, Drop To 8th Place

Mark Recchi's disallowed kick-in. (Brian Babineau, Getty Images)

Another game, another loss. Another zero points for the Bruins. Without much of a game plan going for them, the Bruins dropped to the Senators Saturday, 2-1. Coupled with a Flyers’ victory over the Hurricanes, the Bruins are now in 8th place in the East. If the Canadiens beat the Rangers or the Islanders win or lose in overtime against the Devils, then the Bruins will drop out of the playoff picture entirely. If both of those things happen, the Bruins will have dropped from 7th to 10th in one day. Not the way the Bruins wanted to approach four days off after Sunday’s game in Carolina.

1st Period

Both teams jockeyed back and forth. Miroslav Satan was called for hooking at 13:01, but the Bruins killed off the power play. More back and forth action ensued, until Daniel Alfredsson scored for the Senators. With SIX seconds left. SIX. Come on, Thomas.

2nd Period

Daniel Paille hit a snap shot at 8:26 to tie the game. Mark Recchi later scored to tie the game, but had his goal disallowed. Replays showed him kicking the puck towards his stick but missing and kicking the puck directly into the net. Jason Spezza gave Ottawa the lead at 16:39, and Mike Fisher nearly made it 3-1, but tipped in the puck with a high stick, for a disallowed goal.

3rd Period

More back and forth; the Bruins again can not get anything going. The score remains 2-1 until the final buzzer.

B’s Stud of the Game: Daniel Paille

Paille’s quick shot gave the Bruins their only meaningful play all day.

B’s Dud of the Game: Tim Thomas

Was there ever any doubt Thomas would eff things up, again? Ottawa’s second goal got right past his stick, and Thomas let the first goal slide right past him with SIX seconds left in the 1st. Did I mention there were SIX seconds left?

JERRY!! JERRY!! Moment of the Game:

Without any fights, this honor goes to the crowd, for nearly bringing pitchforks and torches onto the rink when Recchi’s goal was disallowed.

That’s What He Said:

“I think as an overall effort from the team … we’re just not getting the results we need.” – Tim Thomas after the game. No kidding.

Game Notes:

  • The Bruins have now lost four in a row and seven out of their last eight. Aside from the Sharks, their last win came in Ottawa on January 5. Their last multiple game winning streak was two, from December 30 and January 1.
  • Each team was 0/1 on the power play.
  • Boston out-shot Ottawa 33-23 despite losing, including a 13-2 advantage in the 3rd.

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