The Bruins are going to make sportswriters’/bloggers’ jobs much easier if they continue this trend. We can just re-use the same game story, change the date, and call it a night.
Said story goes a little something like this: The Bruins come out and play a hard-fought first period. Skating legs are there, scoring chances generated, maybe one gets buried, defense is alright, goaltending solid. All good.
They play the same way for the opening minutes of the second period, and it appears as if they might do the unspeakable and put together a complete effort. But then their legs slow down, and puck management vanishes. Bad decisions left and right, mistakes in their own zone, you name it. All momentum swings in their opponent’s favor, and the B’s look like a peewee team heading into the locker room.
After realizing how bad they played in the second, the boys come out fired up in the third. They score a goal. They score another one. They’re up two goals in the third period, and don’t appear to be slowing down, much to the delight of the fans. They’ve blown two-goal leads in the past, but it’s not going to happen this ti-WHOOPS there it goes.
Once the lead is blown and the game is tied, they sometimes hang on and head to OT, hoping to get the lucky bounce that secures the second point in the standings. Tonight, they did not get that bounce.
While on the power play, Toronto’s PA Parenteau found a rebound to the side of the net, and threw a backhander off Rask and in, giving the Bruins what they deserved: a loss.
In the opening minute of the third period with the game tied 1-1, Brad Marchand tapped in a great feed from David Krejci to put Boston on top.
Just 26 seconds later, Krejci crashed the net and cleaned up the garbage. BA-BAM it’s 3-1.
That was fun while it lasted.
For the fourth time this season, the Bruins failed to win after leading in the third period. That ties them with LA for the most in the league.
All three of the Leafs’ goals in regulation came off of deflections, as guys continue to find themselves open in front of Rask.
The Leafs entered this game having been 1-7-2 in their last ten games. They were tied for last in the league, and they will stay right around there.
Blowing a two-goal third period lead to this team is flat out unacceptable, especially when they don’t even have their best forward in James van Riemsdyk.
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