Bruins Enter Losing Skid After Four Game Winning Streak
Boston, MA - There is no denying the rocky start with which the Boston Bruins began their 2018-19 season after a 7-0 drubbing at the hands of the defending champion Washington Capitals. But the team quickly rebounded with solid victories over the Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators, Edmonton Oilers, and Detroit Red Wings consecutively. In this time, the Bruins advanced to second place in the Atlantic Division with a 4-1-0 record. They scored twenty-two goals in this nine day period that consisted of plenty of rest for the Bruins, including an eight goal explosion against Detroit, courtesy of the talents of David Pastrnak (three goals), Jake DeBrusk (two goals), and Patrice Bergeron (three assists). In this massive blowout, Charlie McAvoy, Anders Bjork, and Sean Kuraly added the other goals.
Since this exorbitant outpouring of offense, the Bruins have been a little bit on the down slide as they lost two games, one of which was in overtime, to fall to 4-2-1, which is still a solid record, but it did even them with the Montreal Canadiens for second place. (Both teams are chasing the Toronto Maple Leafs currently.)
On Wednesday, the Bruins fell to the Calgary Flames, 5-2. In this game, Tuukka Rask provided more fodder for the Boston hockey media that has been gunning for his demotion to backup. It's safe to say, his poor save percentage this season has not been doing him any favors. The lone bright spot of the game was Bergeron, who recorded a goal and an assist, doing most of the heavy lifting for the Bruins.
Thursday's loss to the Oilers was a dramatic one as Leon Draisiatl's overtime goal was the difference for Boston, who lost 3-2. Pastrnak and David Krejci were the lone goal scorers for Boston, but they could not compare to Edmonton, who had Boston beat every step of the way.
So far, the season has been, for the most part, a good one, but there are still obvious improvements to be made, especially when it comes to goaltending. The Bruins are back in action late tonight against the Vancouver Canucks!