BOSTON — The Boston Bruins had been collecting points like Pacman working his way through a maze for two weeks before the San Jose Sharks came to town tonight.
The Sharks’ impressive 5-2 win over the Bruins in a battle of the Eastern and Western Conference’s top teams ended the Bruins’ string of points at nine straight. But this loss might’ve been the best remedy for what’s been ailing the Bruins.
You see, the last two games before San Jose’s visit, Boston earned points (including two in Ottawa) despite blowing two-goal leads. And 60-minute efforts have been few and far between, even in some of the games the Bruins didn’t squander leads in during their recent two-week stretch against some of the top teams in the NHL.
So think of this Sharks game, one that featured the Bruins twice leading and taking a one-goal lead into the third, as an intervention. The Bruins were getting addicted to points that weren’t hard-earned. And now they can get back on the wagon. They should be sobered up and back to the hockey that they played while building up a double-digit lead in the conference by the time they take the ice in Newark Friday night. (more…)