The Bruins have struggled to score (and/or win) without David Krejci. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)The Bruins had a better roster last season than they do this season.



DJ Bean and Ken Laird discuss Wednesday's Bruins loss in Philly, squandering a 2-1 third-period lead with two goals allowed in a 1:22 span. Zdeno Chara was a -3, is he playing too many minutes? Would he waive his no-movement clause if the season continues to spin out of control?

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There are plenty of reputations a team can have. You don’€™t want to be known as the team that blows third-period leads without even mustering a point, but the Bruins are building a case.

There are plenty of reputations a team can have. You don’€™t want to be known as the team that blows third-period leads without even mustering a point, but the Bruins are building a case.

In surrendering a one-goal lead and suffering a 3-2 loss to the Flyers Wednesday night in Philadelphia, the B’€™s took no points out of a game they led after two periods for the second straight game. It was the Bruins’€™ fourth such regulation loss this season, which leads the league despite the fact that the B’€™s had played fewer games than most NHL teams entering Wednesday’€™s action.

After suffering a similar fate in Monday’€™s 2-1 loss to the Ranger, the Bruins held a 2-1 lead over the Flyers entering the third period Wednesday, but goals from Wayne Simmonds and Mark Streit gave Philadelphia a lead just over midway through the third. As was the case against the Rangers, the B’€™s could not tie the game with Tuukka Rask off the ice for an extra attacker.

The Bruins are now 14-4-1 when leading after two. They had only one such regulation loss last season.

Wednesday’€™s loss dropped the Bruins to 1-2-1 on their current road trip. The five-game trip will conclude Friday in Buffalo.

Here are four more things we learned Wednesday:

PASTRNAK HURT, VATRANO RETURNS

David Pastrnak was a surprise absence from Wednesday’€™s game, with the Bruins announcing after warmups that Pastrnak was day-to-day with an upper-body injury. His absence allowed Frank Vatrano to re-enter the lineup after being a healthy scratch Monday.

Pastrnak has played just three games since returning to the lineup this month. It was a foot injury that had kept him out previously, but it’€™s also worth noting that he played through a finger injury at World Juniors recently.

With Pastrnak out and Vatrano back, the most notable change to the Bruins’€™ lines was Jimmy Hayes’€™ promotion to Boston’€™s first line. The lineup looked as such:

Marchand-Bergeron-Hayes
Beleskey-Spooner-Eriksson
Vatrano-Kemppainen-Connolly
Rinaldo-Talbot-Ferraro

THE OTHER MILLER SCORES

The Bruins have two right-shot defensemen named Miller. One is known for offense and the other is Kevan Miller. After Wednesday, they both have the same number of goals on the season.

Kevan Miller’€™s third goal of the season was a biggie, as it got the Bruins on the board and tied the game at a goal apiece in the second period. With Boston’€™s fourth line and third pairing on the ice, Max Talbot got to a puck that Steve Mason had sent up the boards. Seeing Miller on the other side of the ice, Talbot sent the puck to the right circle, where Miller fired a wrister past Mason to make it a 1-1 game.

Miller came an assist away from a Gordie Howe hat trick, as he fought Brayden Schenn after the Philadelphia forward crushed Torey Krug with a clean hit early in the first period.

SPOONFUL OF APPLES

Ryan Spooner fired a shot during a second-period power play that produced a rebound that was easily put back in by Loui Eriksson. The play gave Spooner his seventh assist in his last seven games.

With his recent hot streak (one goal, seven assists over the last seven), Spooner continues to push for what would be a pretty surprising 60-point season. With nine goals and 21 assists and having played in all 42 of the Bruins’€™ games to this point, Spooner’€™s currently on pace for 59 points.

OFFENSE STILL QUIET

Though the Bruins scored multiple goals Wednesday (which has been a challenge for them), they’€™re still not producing at nearly the pace they did earlier in the season. The B’€™s have a total of four goals over their last three games (0-2-1) and they’€™ve averaged just 1.83 goals over their last six4 games (1-4-1).

Needless to say, the Bruins need David Krejci back and for Brett Connolly (19 games without a goal) to get going. Having Pastrnak out for any stretch doesn’€™t help either.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean
Ken Laird and DJ Bean discuss Monday's Bruins loss at Madison Square Garden to the Rangers. With six of the last 10 games featuring one or zero goals scored, do the Bruins need to make a trade?

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The road used to be where the Bruins recouped the points they struggled to get at home. Recently it’€™s become just another place of frustration for them.

The road used to be where the Bruins recouped the points they struggled to get at home. Recently it’€™s become just another place of frustration for them.

With a 2-1 loss to the Rangers Monday at Madison Square Garden that came as a result of a blown lead in the third period, the Bruins dropped their seventh game in their last nine (2-6-1) and fell to 1-1-1 on their current road trip. It also marked the sixth time in the Bruins’€™ last 10 games that they have failed to score multiple goals.

The B’€™s took a 1-0 lead into the third period before Derrick Brassard brought the Rangers even 35 seconds into the final frame. Jesper Fast redirected a Keith Yandle shot past Tuukka Rask with 1:42 remaining to give the Rangers a lead that they would keep despite a furious pushback from the B’€™s until the end of regulation.

The Bruins have two games left on their current five-game road trip. They’€™ll face the Flyers on Wednesday and the Sabres Friday.

Here are four more things we learned Monday:

CONNOLLY TO THE LEFT

Brett Connolly re-entered the lineup after serving as a healthy scratch. His return to the lineup came with a wrinkle, however, as the 23-year-old right wing was slotted in as the left wing on Boston’€™s third line, replacing the scratched Frank Vatrano.

Playing with Joonas Kemppainen and Jimmy Hayes, Connolly saw his goal-less streak hit 18 games. He now has just one goal over his last 30 games.

The slump didn’€™t continue for lack of trying. Connolly had a beauty of a scoring chance from the left circle in the second period but rang iron.

HAYES ON PACE FOR 20

Because of how he gets his goals — a great deal of which one might consider “garbage goals” right in front –€” it was tough to predict whether Jimmy Hayes’€™ 19-goal season last year could be counted on to be an annual occurrence. Despite never really cracking the top six in Boston, the answer so far is yes.

Hayes scored a rather unusual goal for him midway through the second period by snapping one from high in the offensive zone that beat Henrik Lundqvist to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead. That brought his season total to 10 points, putting him on pace for exactly 20.

SPOONER STAYS HOT

In getting the primary assist on Hayes’€™ goal, Ryan Spooner now has six assists over his last six games.

Spooner continues to perform well despite drawing tough matchups in place of the injured David Krejci. On Monday, Spooner and linemates Matt Beleskey and Loui Eriksson had to face the Rangers’€™ first line of Derek Stepan between Rick Nash and Jayson Megna.

Spooner created a terrific scoring chance in the first period when he raced to a puck in the offensive zone for a partial breakaway. Despite dekeing Lundqvist successfully, Spooner hit the post and was denied what would have been his 10th goal of the season.

ON THEIR BEST BEHAVIOR

The Bruins took no penalties on Monday, marking their first such performance this season. Their only power play came when Megna was whistled for high-sticking Eriksson in the first period.

The Bruins never had to go on the penalty kill in the first game of the season against the Jets, but Patrice Bergeron took matching roughing minors with Adam Lowry in that game.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean

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