Boston, MA – The Hub of hockey has been buzzing for the past couple of days due to an exciting Bruins victory on Wednesday against the Montreal Canadeins. Listening to 98.5 The Sports Hub, (a local sports talk station in Boston), listeners felt as if the Bruins were the kings of the city.
Although, while their last win was rather exciting, it surely seemed as if fans had forgotten about another important regular season contest on Friday against the Detroit Red Wings, in which the Bruins exhibited their “Canadiens beat-down hangover” and lost, 6-1.
“It is something that we’re looking for [with] more consistency and following up after big win’s. It’s just one of those nights that we didn’t have it,” said Bruins captain Zdeno Chara.
Losing after winning an emotional game appears to be a current theme or trend for the men dressed in black and gold because this same situation occurred last week after three fights broke out against the Dallas Stars during the opening period, which happened to be yet another emotional contest too. Yet, the Bruins beat Dallas, but appeared flat against the San Jose Sharks and lost, 2-0.
Teams are going to have off nights, but what was scary about this particular night was how bad the Bruins played.
Tuukka Rask appeared off from the start of the game, but saved 14-shots. He did however allow 5-goals through two periods, which forced for the “die-hard” fans to ponder the question of why exactly Claude Julien left his struggling goaltender in net for 40-minutes?
The Bruins played awful against the Red Wings. The intensity and physical play from Wednesday’s game was gone. Their physical play was going to have to be a big component for their success against the Red Wings, but instead, they let the Red Wings dictate the pace of the game, as well as win it too.
Give the Red Wings credit, as they not only earned an early, 2-1 lead, but also, were able to dictate the flow and speed of the game. The Bruins allowed their opponent multiple opportunities, which no player seemed happy with after the game. This was one of those nights where frustration led to mistakes and those mistakes led to numerous goals.
As mentioned, every team has an off night, but this was a terrible hockey game, so hopefully the coaches and players can resort to the real “Bruins hockey” in Detroit on Sunday afternoon.
“We got another shot at these guys and I think its important that we go in there and play our game and play a lot better at least that was you can see where you stand with teams like Detroit.” said Julien.