The Boston Bruins celebrated Groundhog Day by doing their best Bill Murray and reliving the same exact nightmare once again tonight by blowing a 3-1 third period lead. To cap it off they would eventually lose to the lowly Toronto Maple Leafs in overtime. Just like in the movie, not even dropping the toaster in the bath tub could make these blown leads stop.
Daniel Winnik, Leo Komorov, and Nazem Kadri all scored for the Leafs in regulation, while P.A. “I’ve Been Bought Out Before” Parenteau threw acid in my eyes with the overtime winner. Toronto was 0-7-6 this season against Atlantic Division teams coming into tonight’s divisional game. Boston’s three goals involved the usual suspects with two by Brad Marchand and one from David Krejci.
No word on if anyone saw Ned Ryerson crossing Causeway Street.
Here are BostonPucks.com 3 Thoughts from the game:
1) Of Course This Happened Again
I’m sort of at a loss at this point. The Bruins just blew their 7th, yes 7th, two goal lead of the season. Two of them being overtime losses (tonight, and October 21st vs Philadelphia). It’s just unreal. They fall to 11-14-2 at home on the season.
At this point you’ve got to blame it on the personnel on the ice. It’s all the Claude Julien has to work with. The Bruins had the advantage in the most prominent statistical categories, like shots, face-offs, blocks, power play opportunities, giveaways, etc. But there’s that element of closing out games that comes down to the intangibles not on the score sheet; focus, effort, and experience.
Just like the old saying, “it’s not hard to work hard”, the Bruins had to buckle down and get it done. There’s just no excuse at this point in the season for this to continue happen time and time again. Starting with the young inexperienced blue line on out you have to wonder if this may be who they really are even though they remain in the playoff picture.
Don Sweeney’s patience and development first mentality has given this roster every possible chance to prove that is deserves to stick together. But this was beyond disappointing. I would imagine something is going to give by the trade deadline. The problem is I’m not sure what the Bruins get in return for parts other teams may not want.
2) Marchand Stays Hot
The one shining light from tonight’s game is that Brad Marchand is still hot as can be even after the All-Star break. He’s now potted 8 points (7 goals) in the last 8 games. His 22 goals on the season now has him on pace for a career high 36 goals. That’s pretty wild when you consider last season only 8 players scored more goals than that (Ovechkin (53), Stamkos (43), Nash (42), Tavares (38), Pavelski (37), Tarasenko (37), Seguin (37), Pacioretty (37)). To be putting up goal scoring numbers in that company is something no one saw coming from Marchand. Yes, he’s always had high end skill. But he’d often show it in short bursts followed by long dry spells and lack of discipline. This season he has remained far more consistent which most likely will lead to him cashing much larger checks in the near future.
3) Nazem Kadri Was Great Tonight
If Nazem Kadri is your go-to guy on your club you’re probably not going to be contending for Stanley Cups, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a great player. Tonight he was in on all the action. He started out with a beautiful open ice hit on Marchand just before 63 could capitalize in the Toronto slot. His goal to tie the game in the 3rd was a perfect deflection off of former Bruin defenseman Matt Hunwick’s shot-pass. And of course he chipped in an assist on the game winner with a nice spin move on the half wall that drew the attention of two Bruin defenders before making the pass to the point to set up the goal.
Kadri finished with 6 shots on goal, and despite an abysmal face off percentage, he obviously more than made up for it in other areas.
- Patrice Bergeron was a ridiculous 73% on the draw tonight and at one point as a team the Bruins had won 23 of 32 face offs.
- 2:36 of power play ice time for Zdeno Chara and 0:00 power play ice-time for natural born sniper David Pastrnak, who finished with 2 assists in just 11 minutes of ice time. The power play hasn’t exactly been tearing it up and I just wonder if they’re going to give 88 a legitimate shot on the man advantage sooner than later.
- David Krejci finished with a goal and assist tonight and that has to help the ego as he works his way back up to speed from his recent injury. He certainly hasn’t been bad in his return, posting 3 assists in his last four games entering tonight, but it’s nice to get that first goal back out of the way.
- The Maple Leafs unveiled their “new” logo tonight. And by new I mean a near exact replica of one they wore for three decades in the mid-1900’s. This is a textbook Boston Red Sox cash grab move. Invent a reason to stick a logo on anything to make a quick buck. Hats off to the Toronto marketing department for coming up with this scheme. $100 if you can tell me which one is the new logo:
Next up for the Bruins; Thursday at Buffalo. 7pm puck drop.