The old saying “when it rains it pours” certainly can be said about the Boston Bruins right now. After losing just once in November, and three times in December, the 2012 calendar year has been one to forget for the defending Stanley Cup Champions.
14-13-2 since the clock struck midnight on the 31st of January; it’s no secret the Bruins are not up to par.
With forwards Nathan Horton and Rich Peverley already out of action, things have gotten worse for the Black and Gold. Injuries to Andrew Ference, Daniel Pallie and backup goalie Tuukka Rask have put the Bruins in a world of hurt, literally and figuratively.
The NHL season has just over a month left, and with its toughest stretch on the horizon the Bruins need to stay positive heading down the stretch run and into the playoffs.
“You have to. This time of year is not the time to start hammering down on guys. I think, we say the way it is, there’s times we’re not happy with our game, and we’ll show it, but at the same time, you always have to build on the positive” said Claude Julien after Saturday’s loss to the Islanders.
“Tonight [Saturday], we had scoring chances — we had more than they did, we out-shot them. I thought we were the better team out there, and the thing that hurt is the end result. I don’t care where they are in the standings; they play well. They’re a good team, a good young team, and today, they skated well. This is, it’s a heavy schedule for us, and we’re going into our fourth game tomorrow against a really good team, and four games in six nights, so we’re going to be challenged again in all areas, and we’ve just got to suck it up and battle through it.”
The Bruins bounced back from an early two-goal deficit yesterday afternoon against the Rangers in New York only to fall to the Eastern Conference’s best 4-3.
It was the best the Bruins have played in some time, but a few goals that Tim Thomas would like back led to the B’s second straight loss.
“It was just one of those nights,” said Thomas. “We battled back and actually had a [game] there. But what can go wrong will right now. We’re just in one of those modes.
Despite failing to notch an important win, the Bruins felt good about their game yesterday, something the group will take with them moving forward, and ultimately use this to hopefully right the ship.
“Other than the result, I think we have a lot to be happy about,” said Milan Lucic who had an assist in yesterday’s contest. “We played a real good game after we called that timeout. We had everyone going. It was the best effort we’ve had in a long time. We need to keep our heads high and remember the things we did here today that gave us the scoring chances, momentum, and the goals. If we play like we did tonight, more so than not, we’re going to end up on the winning side than losing.”