The ugly developments got here again to chunk the Bruins Monday night in Philadelphia.
The begins, once more, weren’t a problem in the group’s loss to the Flyers. The Bruins — sparked by a secondary scoring outburst from David Krejci (twice), Charlie Coyle, and Anders Bjork, together with David Pastrnak’s 36th objective of the season — regarded primed for his or her fourth-straight win, boasting a 5-2 lead previous the halfway level of the second interval.
Yet, regardless of the three-goal lead, the Bruins nonetheless regarded a bit shaky in the defensive finish for the first 30-plus minutes. Then they unraveled.
The layers in entrance of Jaroslav Halak didn’t blossom however as an alternative deteriorated, starting at 13:12 of the second when Sean Couturier gained straightforward entry into the zone and tallied his 13th objective of the season. A Connor Bunnaman tip-in for his first profession objective simply 1:34 later lower Boston’s result in one.
The Bruins failed to increase their lead in the third interval, and their leverage disappeared on a 4-on-Four breakdown resulting in Travis Sanheim’s second rating of the night with 12:58 remaining.
The recreation would find yourself being determined by a shootout, and led to fairly becoming trend with Travis Konecny’s lone objective and Brad Marchand’s blooper-real try.
“We had no will to keep the puck out of our net on the last three goals. That’s been a staple of our team for years,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy instructed NESN’s Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley following Boston’s 5-4 loss. “Let’s hope it’s just a one-off because it was unprofessional the way we performed in front of the net for the last three goals.”
Here’s what we realized as Boston’s shootout struggles continued following their collapse at Wells Fargo Center.
Brad Marchand’s gaffe exemplifies Boston’s lack of shootout success.
It’s a second that Marchand will need to neglect. But he’ll need to reside with it for the remainder of his profession.
Marchand got here to heart ice in the fifth spherical of the shootout trying to prolong issues to Round 6. He strode towards the puck hoping to achieve a bit velocity en path to his try. Instead, Marchand overskated the puck in one among the worst shootout makes an attempt of all time to fittingly cap off Boston’s second shootout loss of the season to Philadelphia.
Bruins lose after Brad Marchand has the worst shootout strive in the historical past of the sport pic.twitter.com/x9IVt4eDgG
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) January 14, 2020
“It’s unfortunate,” Marchand instructed reporters. “It’s a tough way to lose in a game like that, but we have to be better when we have the lead.”
Marchand’s blooper completely exemplifies Boston’s shootout woes. The Bruins, who dropped to 0-7 in shootout selections, didn’t gentle the lamp in 5 possibilities. They’re additionally a woeful 4-for-30 in shootout makes an attempt this season.
Yes, they tallied some extent, however the Bruins put themselves on this spot, to start with. They have nobody accountable however themselves as they now sit some extent behind the Capitals — who earned a 2-Zero win over the Hurricanes on Monday — for first place in the Eastern Conference.
The troubling development with multi-goal leads.
Hustle arduous. #BOSvsPHI | #NowOrNever pic.twitter.com/Lh8qSABA4R
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) January 14, 2020
The Bruins prided themselves on closing out video games in the third interval, particularly when main by multiple objective. But they’ve deviated from that profitable components at instances as Monday proved.
For all of their shootout woes, they’ve been saved with a lifeline after holding on to remain tied in regulation. Whether it’s blowing a 4-Zero result in the Panthers in early November or ending 2019 with a New Year’s Eve shootout loss to the lowly Devils after main 2-0, the Bruins lacked a killer intuition after they wanted it the most.
It’s hurting them in the standings, too. The Bruins might be sitting comfortably atop the East, but may solely decide on one lone level after relinquishing a number of multi-goal leads.
They received’t have to fret about the shootout come playoff time, however the Bruins want to shut video games out in these conditions. The last item they need to do is carry this trait into April.
Jaroslav Halak has regarded shaky of late.
Double-doink for 🐰. #BOSvsPHI | #NowOrNever pic.twitter.com/5qlEEVBF6q
— Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) January 14, 2020
Halak hardly ever had any defensive help in entrance of him, but he hardly regarded sharp in opposition to the Flyers.
The journeyman netminder made 34 saves in the dropping effort. And sure Halak made some well timed stops late in the third interval and through the 3-on-Three additional time. But he hasn’t regarded like the calm, cool, and picked up man between the pipes over the final three video games.
Halak’s current tough stretch started final week when he allowed three targets on 25 pictures in the Bruins’ 4-1 loss to Connor McDavid and the Oilers. David Pastrnak and Jake DeBrusk bailed Halak out in his subsequent begin in opposition to the Winnipeg Jets — a 5-Four victory — after he allowed 4 targets on 21 pictures.
The defensive breakdowns have been extra troublesome, however Halak didn’t do himself any favors both, particularly after whiffing on Couturier’s second-period tally.
Halak, like every goalie or skater, isn’t resistant to slumps. He encountered the same rut round the similar time final season after dropping 5 straight selections from Jan. 10-Feb. 6, then received 9 of his subsequent 11 begins to shut out the 2018-19 season.
The Bruins rode the dynamic tandem of Halak and Tuukka Rask to nice success over the final yr and a half. There’s no cause for them to deviate from that, particularly given Halak’s observe file to bounce again after a tough stretch nonetheless lengthy it might be.