Bruins’ structure implodes: Whereas a lack of urgency and second-chance scoring bids doomed Boston in a disappointing loss to the Panthers on Saturday, Sunday’s 6-3 loss against the Red Wings might have been even worse — with a defensive implosion and another poor outing in net handing Boston its second straight loss.
For the first time in close to three weeks, Jaroslav Halak was dealt a loss after surrendering five goals on just 27 shots (.815 save percentage), while the bodies in front of him didn’t look much better — with missed coverages and slow adjustments in Boston’s own zone allowing a speedy Detroit crop of forwards to feast all night. Not what you want to see from a Bruins’ defense that has finally regained all of its regular starters on the blue line.
Still third overall in the NHL in team defense with just 2.58 goals allowed per game, Boston has fallen into a bit of a rut as of late when it comes keeping its structure within its own zone — with the club relinquishing a combined 18 goals in its last four games. A concerning trend that needs to be corrected in a hurry.
B’s are fortunate Maple Leafs are also limping: With Sunday’s loss, the Bruins have let four points slip right through their fingers this weekend — with both losses coming against a pair of teams with a combined record of 66-70-22. It’s a brutal time for the Bruins to hit a skid, especially with postseason hockey under two weeks away and home ice not yet locked up for a first-round matchup against the Maple Leafs.
Thankfully for the Bruins, the Leafs are also hitting a few bumps in the road