Friday, March 20, 2009
THE BRUINS ARE TRYING TO KILL ME
Another bad team comes to the Garden, another bad team leaves with a win.
Another 2 goal lead for the Bruins. Another blown 2 goal lead.
Another 3rd period advantage. Another 3rd period meltdown.
The good news is, the Bruins reached 100 points for the first time since 2004. They're also only 2 points away from clinching a playoff spot, and only 3 from clinching the division. The bad news is that they look dead, find new ways to lose every night, and the Devils and Caps aren't slowing down.
The B's played 2 great periods of dominating hockey. Matt Hunwick scored in the first thanks to a beautiful drag and pass from Ryder to him in the slot. Rechhi made it 2-0 thanks to some aggressive Chuck Kobasew forechecking and a smart pass from Bergeron. Tim Thomas looked sharp in net, the defense was tight, and the B's kept pressuring the Kings.
LA's goals came off fortunate rebounds, but they shouldn't have even been in the game. The Bruins were 0 for 4 on the power play, and had 38 shots on net. They just couldn't seal the deal. And it was a breakaway off one of those missed opportunities that the Kings' tying goal came.
I'm not as worried as I probably should be. The Bruins have looked good 60 to 70% of the time, and their opponents have been fortunate or tough enough to exploit that 15 or 20 minutes of slightly above average hockey. There are 10 games left to get things back on track. The division is essentially ours.
This team has everything it needs to play deep into spring. The question is: will they use it?
Huge game Sunday afternoon. Devils @ Bruins, 3 PM
AP Photo/Michael Dwyer