Wednesday, January 07, 2009


The Bruins did something they haven't done all season, lose back-to-back games in regulation.

Several things combined to give Minnesota a 1-0 victory in the Garden. Niklas Backstrom had an outstanding game, his 2nd straight shutout, and 4th on the season. He was positioned well on every shot and didn't make any mistakes.

The Bruins didn't get any good bounces or rolls close to the net. They had opportunities, but the puck never found their sticks when Backstrom was out of position.

Only 2 power plays against the best penalty kill in the NHL. The Wild have a PK rate of 87.9%, and the B's only had 2 chances with a man advantage. Meanwhile, the Wild were given 5 power plays, and scored their lone goal during one.

This was a defensive game between the two teams in the NHL that have allowed the fewest goals. Both teams shut each other down 5 on 5, and Minnesota broke through with a power play goal.

It's not panic time, and it doesn't seem like this is the beginning of a bad stretch for the Bruins. At least not yet. 5th place Ottawa comes to town Thursday night, and the B's should get back to their winning ways.


Photo Credit:
AP Photo/Elise Amendola

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