Shorthanded woes continue for Bruins: Thursday was another encouraging statement win for the Bruins against the current points leader in the Western Conference, but another recurring issue once again reared its head for Boston during the first period at TD Garden. Gifted with a prime chance to build an early lead with a 5-on-3 stretch for 1:55, Boston squandered the opportunity after Calgary killed its first penalty, with Michael Frolik jumping out of the box and beating Jaroslav Halak with a rebound in front after outracing both David Krejci and Torey Krug to the slot. That marks the ninth shorthanded goal surrendered by the Bruins this season, tops in the NHL. Not great, especially for a power-play unit that ranks in the top five league-wide in terms of efficiency.
But Boston’s power-play production continues to keep team afloat: For as disheartening as Frolik’s opening goal was, Boston managed to right the ship just 1:16 later while still on the man advantage,