Chalk that one up in the “frustrating loss” column. Despite being the better team for the vast majority of the game, the Bruins fell, 2-1, to the L.A. Kings, completing a winless California road trip. Boston finishes its season series against the three California teams without earning a single point in the standings, going 0-6 in total.
The Bruins were moving their feet right off the opening face-off, clearly desperate to not leave California empty handed. However, their skating game did not translate into shots, and they only generated five shots on goal in the opening frame. Their one golden opportunity came off the stick of Brad Marchand, but Jonathan Quick robbed him with the right pad. Quick had Marchy’s number all night long.
After a physical first 19 minutes, Los Angeles was able to break the scoreless tie in the final minute of the first. A pass along the boards in the defensive zone jumped on Tyler Randell, and was immediately picked up by Vincent Lecavalier and thrown towards goal by Luke Schenn, getting deflected in by an uncovered Tanner Pearson in the high slot.
The Kings opened up the second period with another goal just 2:40 in, and it seemed like a good time for the Bruins to throw in the towel, but they were not going to go down easily. From this point on, it was mostly all Bruins.
Just 3:06 after the 2-0 goal, recent addition to the lineup Tyler Randell picked up a Kings turnover in the right face-off circle and fired home his sixth goal of the season.
The Bruins finally found the back of the net, and they seemed destined to get another, but Quick stood on his head for the final 40 minutes, preserving the 2-1 lead.
After getting outshot 13-5 in the first period, the B’s outshot L.A. 23-7 in the next two periods, but could not get a bounce to go their way in order to at least pick up a point.
They were the better team, but did not get the results. As Brick said pregame, if they took a win out of at least one of the past two games, this one would have stung a lot less due to the team’s high level of play. Instead, the Bruins have lost three straight games in regulation, and have fallen to third place in the Atlantic.
Now, they have a three day break before heading to New York to face the Rags in what is essentially a must-win game. Can NOT afford to lose four straight.
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