As Playoffs Near, Bruins Drop Back to Back Blowouts
Boston, MA– After a 6-3 drubbing of the New York Rangers, the Boston Bruins were staring down the barrel at two games against the Florida Panthers and the Detroit Red Wings. With 103 points in the standings, both of these games served as opportunities for the Bruins to further cement their status as an Eastern Conference heavyweight. Instead, the games ended up being absolute blowouts that the Bruins never seemed to be all too competitive in.
The two-game skid began with a home game against the Florida Panthers in which Tuukka Rask got the start at goalie and allowed three goals while saving just 19 along the way. The Panthers ultimately won 4-1 against Boston with their final goal coming in garbage time after Rask had been removed from the game to give Boston an offensive upperhand, which obviously did not pan out.
Boston's sole goal during this game came courtesy of Noel Acciari, his sixth of the season, and was assisted by Torey Krug and Joakim Nordstrom. The offensive effort was simply not enough as the Bruins fell to the Panthers in what was their first outright home loss since January, and it's now April! It was a wild streak, but it had to come to an end eventually and it's better that it happens now than in the post-season.
Looking to bounce back from the loss, Boston traveled to Detroit to face off against the Red Wings, but things definitely did not go as planned as Detroit thoroughly pummeled the Bruins in a 6-3 victory that saw their own Anthony Mantha record a hat trick.
Letting up Detroit's scoring onslaught, including five goals allowed and one shorthanded goal for the Red Wings, was Jaroslav Halak as the goalie. Boston's offensive effort was owed to Jake DeBrusk, Brad Marchand (shorthanded), and David Backes, but they needed more of a defensive effort to win that game.
Only three games remain in the NHL regular season and the next one up for the Bruins to snap their two-game losing streak comes tomorrow night on the road against the Columbus Blue Jackets.