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  • Missed chances and bad luck haunt Bruins in OT loss to Caps

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    Missed chances and bad luck haunt Bruins in OT loss to Caps

    Chris Chirichiello March 6, 2016

    It was déjà vu for the Boston Bruins Saturday night at TD Garden. As he did Thursday against the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, Patrice Bergeron scored early on against an elite team. Only this time against the Washington Capitals, the Bruins couldn’t extend their lead which came back to bite them. The Caps escaped with a 2-1 victory in overtime.

    It wasn’t entirely the Black and Gold’s fault. It looked like Torey Krug extended the lead to 2-0 by scoring his first goal in 40 games, but after head coach Barry Trotz challenged the call on the ice and won, it negated Krug’s goal. It appeared Loui Eriksson may have jumped the gun a little early and was offside.

    “If it’s offside it’s not a goal, so I mean it’s frustrating,” Krug said post game after his disallowed goal. “I haven’t scored in a while, but that’s a good test for your character and trying to respond and still have faith. It’s, like I said, right time right place it’ll happen.”

    It seemed as if the B’s couldn’t generate any offense after Bergeron’s goal in the first period. They had numerous chances on the power-play (0-for-5) that went by the waste side as well as hitting some posts. Against teams like the Capitals, it will come back to haunt them and it did on Saturday night.

    “Yeah, I mean, for whatever reason we’re not able to put pucks behind Washington goaltenders, so we’ll have to find a way and you can never be satisfied with just getting plenty of chances,” Krug said. “You know, we’re a team this year we’ve shown that we have the ability to score a lot of goals and you know, we have been getting chances every single game so never satisfied with that. We’ve got to start, you know, finding a way to put one by them and win these big games.”

    One of the pivotal points in the game was when the B’s had a 5-on-3 opportunity to extend their lead, but couldn’t put the puck past Philipp Grabauer.

    “You have to keep playing with it and going at it and we had some good looks—five-on-three we’ve got to find a way to bear down and score a goal,” Bergeron said in a rather quiet B’s dressing room postgame. “That would have been huge for us obviously.”

    The B’s also lost Kevan Miller after Alex Ovechkin boarded him from behind causing the former University of Vermont defenseman to hit the ice hard writhing in pain. It appeared he injured his shoulder and neck. He was later brought to the hospital for further evaluation. Ovechkin only received a five-minute major where he should’ve received a game misconduct because Miller had no chance of protecting himself. All Ovechkin saw was the back of Miller’s jersey.

    It was another tough call that did not go the Black and Gold’s way. If Ovechkin was ejected, the whole make-up of this game would’ve changed.

    “You know, I think that obviously it was from behind,” Captain Zdeno Chara said. “You know, it’s a dangerous, dangerous play. I’m just hoping that Kevan is going to be okay.”

    Head coach Claude Julien thought his team played well despite the result, but would’ve liked to see his team capitalize on their opportunities.

    “I thought our second period there, we had the opportunity to extend that lead, which we did, obviously an offside goal, but still, on the power-play we had some opportunities there as well to extend the lead. So I thought we were doing the right things here,” said Julien, who failed to pass Art Ross in his first attempt to become the all-time winningest coach in B’s history. “So, throughout the third period, good third period by both teams and an overtime goal that decides the outcome, but overall our guys played hard, two elite teams in a row and we’ve played pretty decently.”

    Although the B’s missed numerous opportunities Saturday night to grab two points, it wasn’t a lost cause. They notched one point and played a very sound game against an elite opponent for a second straight game.

    It will not get any easier for the Black and Gold as they travel to Florida to face the Panthers and Lightning in back-to-back games starting on Monday.

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