BOSTON — The Bruins laid another egg on home ice tonight, this time losing 1-0 to Florida at TD Garden.
But yet again they received help from other teams, as Washington downed Atlanta and the New York Islanders beat Philadelphia to better Boston’s odds at earning a playoff spot. The Bruins still lead Atlanta by two points and the New York Rangers by four.
“But it’s funny how it goes,” said goaltender Tuukka Rask. “We always win when we have to and these kinds of games, with a team who’s out of the playoffs, they come in our home building and we just can’t win. It’s frustrating. I hope it doesn’t cost us too much at the end of the day.”
Head coach Claude Julien looks at Atlanta’s loss as a missed opportunity for his team rather than a reason for his team to feel relieved.
“To me, it’s more frustrating than anything,” he said. “We’ve got an opportunity here to make some room for ourselves and we didn’t. And the one thing, I don’t care, we can’t stand here and feel sorry for ourselves. We tried our best and couldn’t score. We have to basically say we have to find a way to score goals. If we want to win hockey games, we’re going to have to score goals and around the net have a little bit more composure. It’s been a struggle for us this year at home.”