Wow!  I am not sure it gets any worse than this.  The Bruins drop tonight’s game to the Panthers to make it 5 straight loses.  For the first half of the game I thought it was the best the Bruins had played in a few weeks.  They just could not get one by Luongo.  The Bruins scored first on a Ryan Spooner laser assisted by Frank Vatrano.  Then the wheels fell off.  The Bruins had their typical second period let down and Florida took it to them.  There was some push back in the 3rd period but it was not enough to beat the Panthers, and the refs.

Here are BostonPucks.com’s 3 thoughts on tonight’s game:

1. What is up with Krejci?

David Krejci only has 6 points (1 goal and 5 assists) in the 12 games during the month of March.  Tonight on the power play he tried to make a cross pass through traffic and the puck ended up in the back on the Bruins net.  Last night with Gustavsson pulled for the extra skater Rick Nash easily beat him on a race to the puck.  What’s worse is Nash beat him even though Krejci had about a 10 foot head start.  The Bruins need him to be a leader on the ice and make smart decisions with the puck.  Lately some of his decisions with the puck are baffling.  Krejci needs to be better if the Bruins are going to get out of this funk.

2. Another Blown Call by the Refs. Shocking!

Does it feel like Groundhog Day?  Because it happened again tonight.  The Bruins appeared to score the game tying goal early in the third period.  The call on the ice was no goal.  After watching the NESN replays the puck was clearly in the net beyond the post, across the goal line.  Some how in Toronto the league monkeys decided that it was inconclusive, so the call on the ice stayed.  This is borderline mind blowing that the league thought this was inconclusive.  NESN was able to freeze the replay to show the puck over the line.  Do the folks in the NHL office not have that camera angle?  See the below still.  The puck is in the net.

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This call was a game changer.  Instead of the game being tied the Panthers scored a goal just 3 minutes later for a two goal lead.  Game over.  If they would have called the goal correctly it could have changed the entire momentum and the game.

It is amazing to me that this continues to happen to the Bruins.  Although I feel like the puck was over the line last night, and logic would tell you the way the puck was still moving over the line when it hit Lundqvist’s glove, I can see where the league thought it was inconclusive.  But tonight’s goal was a slam dunk.  A sure fire goal.  I wonder if the league will admit that they were wrong and apologize to the Bruins.  Highly doubtful.

3. It does not get any easier the rest of the season?

After tonight’s loss the Bruins are in danger of not making the playoffs.  About a week and a half ago it was just about a lock but with 5 straight losses and the way the Flyers are playing it is starting to look sketchy.  Their next two games are against Toronto and New Jersey.  Those two games should be wins, but then they follow that up with tilts against St. Louis and Chicago.  Lastly they have Carolina, Detroit, and Ottawa all at home.

Detroit won tonight so now they are only 1 point behind the Bruins.  Bruins need to win 5 out of the last 7 games or they are going to be in deep trouble.

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  • Noel Accairi and Matt Beleskey had their big boy pants on tonight.  Both of them were hitting everything in sight and were bringing the energy.  The Bruins need more players to play like this in these final few games.