Bruins must not like playoff hockey
The Boston Bruins faced the second place Ottawa senators for the third time this season giving Ottawa the season series. Boston needed to win this game to help their playoff chances.
Once again the Bruins out shot their opponent. Boston had 36 shots to Ottawas 22 but yet Ottawa won the game. Boston also won in the face-offs too, winning 54% while Ottawa only won 46% of the time. What hurt the Bruins was they failed to capitalize on the power play. They went 2/5 on the PP. It would have been nice to seem them go 4/5. The thing that killed them though was there 15 giveaways and inability to get the puck to the dangerous areas of the net. Ottawa was able to hold the B’s to the outside for most of the game despite good zone time at points in the game.
Tom Pyatt scored first for the Senators. Then David Krejci answered quickly with a powerplay goal. All of the scoring in the first took place in the first 10 minutes. The rest of the period was fairly boring. Then Kyle Turris took the lead back for the Sen’s with the only goal of the second. In the first few seconds of the third Torey Krug decided to take things into his own hands and tie the game at 2 with a gorgeous goal. Unfortunately the tie did not last long as Turris scored his second of the game a few minutes later which turned out to be the game winner.
Bruins Playoff Picture
Boston is still in third place in the Atlantic but barely. Toronto is only one point back and the Islanders are looking to take that Wild Card Spot. If the Leafs win tonight then they will take over third place and the Bruins will be the second wild card team. The leafs face the Columbus Blue Jackets tonight who have already secured a playoff spot, so the might be on auto pilot. Also the Islanders are playing the Rangers tonight and the Isle win they move to within 2 points of Boston. The Bruins do not want to be in a situation where their playoff hopes come down to the last game of the season. One because it is not fun and two it is against the Washington Capitals.
If the Bruins are going to make the Playoffs this year they need to win 7 out of their last games. This is not an actual stat this is what I think could get them there. These wins are also counting on a the others teams losing a few games as well.
Boston plays the Tampa Bay Lightning tomorrow at home. The Lighting are also fighting for the last wild card spot with 77 points. Boston can not afford to lose the Tampa.