Another slow start: Same old song and dance for this Bruins club as of late, as Boston found itself in a 2-0 hole just 11:24 into regulation following goals from Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele. Had it not been for Charlie McAvoy’s bar-down snipe with 2:37 remaining in the stanza, Boston would have been outscored 8-1 in the first period over its last six games. Once again, the Bruins showed plenty of resolve in this one, knotting things up at 2-2 in the second period before once again making it a one-goal game in the closing minutes of regulation off of Charlie Coyle’s first goal as a Bruin. But the script remained the same — too little, too late for the Bruins, who have now lost three straight games in regulation.
Injuries have B’s stuck in the mud: Poor puck play has continued to haunt this team during this recent losing skid, but it’s also tough to ignore the decimated roster that Bruce Cassidy has had to roll out on a regular basis. The list of injured skaters is pretty impressive at this point — KevanMiller (upper body), MarcusJohansson (lung contusion), DavidPastrnak (thumb), MattGrzelcyk (upper body), JakeDeBrusk (foot) and ToreyKrug (upper body).
Losing your top blue-line piece on the power play, your third D pairing and three top-six options is going to add up — and Boston has really felt the effects over the last week. Even with contributions on Thursday from players like Joakim Nordstrom and Coyle, it’s evident that opposing teams are exploiting the magnified flaws on this B’s club on a regular basis as of late — whether that be secondary scoring issues or some lax D coverage.