The Bruins’ recent run of lackluster play caught up to them in Raleigh Saturday night, as they squandered a 2-1 lead and fell 4-2.
Really, they had no business being in the lead in the first place, as they were sloppy throughout the game. But they were still 2-1-0 last week and are within striking distance of the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference for first place, even if Ottawa is nipping at their heels (with the Bruins holding plenty of games in hand on the Senators).
There were a few standout individual performances throughout the week, starting with Milan Lucic. The left winger’s goal against Montreal was the game-winner and his goal against Carolina put the Bruins ahead in the third period. He tallied two assists and was minus-1 on the week with seven shots on net and 10 hits.
Lucic’s center David Krejci extended his points streak to 11 games with four assists in the three games last week. He was minus-1 with seven shots on net. Krejci registered the primary assist on Nathan Horton’s game-tying goal against Winnipeg.
Defenseman Johnny Boychuk was active in the Bruins’ final two games of the week, with an assist in each. He was plus-1 for the week with six shots on net, including the one that led to an assist on Patrice Bergeron’s goal in Carolina. Boychuk was also credited with seven blocked shots.
So I ask you, readers of TheBruinsBlog.net: