January 15th, 2014 by

Bruins special teams struggle in loss to Leafs

Bruins special teams struggle in loss to Leafs

The Boston Bruins dropped their third game in their last four contests Tuesday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The B’s special teams were the problem in this one, letting in two power-play goals while not being able to capitalize on their own man advantages.

What has been such a strength for this team over the years (their penalty kill) has been brutal for the last month.

The B’s power-play which has actually been better than their penalty-kill this season, has not scored a power play goal since the calendar year changed to 2014 (0-last 16).

Head Coach Claude Julien knows the penalty kill is struggling, but doesn’t think he needs to go out and make any major adjustments.

“I don’t think there’s a lot of work that needs to be done,” Julien said. “There’s some areas that again, we get caught running around and we just open the seams. Even that goal from the backdoor there in the first period, it was identified before the game that they do that. So we need a little bit of sharpness from individuals as well and get a little more composure on the PK.”

Julien referring to the backdoor power-play goal during the first period where Johnny Boychuk was napping letting Tyler Bozak waltz in the back door for the goal.

The B’s surrendered two leads in this game which rarely happens especially after one of the better wins of the season in San Jose.

The difference was the Maple Leafs capitalized on their man advantage while the Bruins just couldn’t find the back of the net.

Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron knows it was the difference maker not being able to follow through on their power-play opportunities.

“Yeah, we had a lot of good looks we obviously got to do a better job and bear down that’s the bottom line,” Bergeron said. “On the power-play they did that and we didn’t do it so the games right there.”

Bergeron knows the importance of improving their special teams, it is mostly where games are won in lost in this league.

“Yeah, I mean it’s something we’ve talked about and we took a lot of pride in adjusting and trying to be better and I think we’ve done that for most of the year and we got to get back at doing that obviously,” Bergeron said. “It’s a difference tonight and it’s something we got to realize and we got to be better.”

Gregory Campbell, who scored a nifty goal to cut the lead to 4-3 in the third period, was distraught over the penalty kill results after the game.

“That’s a part of the game I take a lot of pride in and it’s obviously a big part of my game and it’s just not good enough,” Campbell said. “It’s not the system, the system that is in place has worked for years and it’s been able to put us at the top of the league. It’s something collectively as a group that we have to look at. Like I said, it’s not the system it’s us as players. The ones that are given that responsibility have to do the job.”

To reiterate, the Bruins went 0-3 on the power-play where the visiting Maple Leafs went 2-5 on their way to an impressive 4-3 victory at TD Garden.

The B’s go into one of these funks every single year where they are losing games in bunches, but this time if they want to get out of it, the special teams needs to be better- a lot better.

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