Maybe it’s time for the Bruins to invest is some extra coffee or other products that can help them wake up.
Because right now it seems like they never know what time the game starts.
For the fifth straight game and 14th overall time this season, the Bruins allowed the opponent to score first, this time en route to a 4-1 loss at Atlanta.
Boston has now trailed heading into the third period 11 times in 22 games, and they have been down 3-0 in four of their last five games. It’s not an overstatement to say that the team is circling the drain right now.
Here’s a glance at the box score:
•Among only a couple positives for the Bruins was Blake Wheeler’s goal, which snapped Atlanta goaltender Ondrej Pavelec’s shutout streak at 139:59. Of course, the offense did little else, especially on the power play (0-for-4, three shots on goal).
•With one goal and three assists, Dustin Byfuglien became just the second defenseman in the NHL this season to register four points in a game.
•Jamie Arniel became the first member of Boston’s 2008 draft class to skate in the NHL. He skated for 12:26, fired three shots on net and posted a minus-1 rating. The Bruins’ ’07 and ’08 draft classes have now combined for two NHL games (Zach Hamill has the other).