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Boston Bruins Playoff Chances Have Gone From Slim To Non Exsistent

Bruins Blow The Lead Three Times In Loss To Tampa

Boston Bruins playoff hopes are slipping away. They are falling off the block like they have been the past few seasons. Last nights game was a perfect example.

Recap:

First Period:

There were no goals score in the first period. I thought that it was going to be a boring game but I was right and wrong.

Second Period:

David Pastrnak and the Bruins jumped out to a quick lead with Pasta’s power play goal. The lead did not last long at all as Brayden Point tied the game just 44 seconds later. Then Zdeno Chara scored to put the B’s back on top with a short-handed goal. The Bruins are now tied for first for the most shorthanded goals as a team. Again the Lightning answered quickly with a Nikita Kucherov goal just 24 seconds later. Another 5 minutes went by and Riley Nash put the B’s up for the third time in the game. One again Tampa scored quickly this time a tad but longer at 1 minute and 24 seconds later with a snipe from Anton Stralman.

Third Period:

The third was all Tampa as Jonathan Drouin, and Kucherov scored twice to make it a hat trick.

The game as a whole was very ugly as the Bruins first unable to keep a lead at all in this game. Second the defense was horrendous. I would say that none of the goals was just Tuukka Rask‘s fault. Third the Bruins just played like crap overall. The passing was awful, there was a point in the game where neither team was completing any passes and I just though what an ugly game of hockey. Another thing is the way the Bruins set up the box on the penalty kill. It does not make any sense. Last night its was Riley Nash and Dominic Moore covering the points. On both of Tampa’s power play goal Moore and Nash were at fault, or its the way they were told to play.

Kucherov’s first goal breakdown:

lets set up it up. Victor Hedman gets the puck at the point he is covered by Moore. Hedman then sends it to Drouin, covered by Nash. Now for some reason when Drouin gets the puck and then Moore decided to follow the puck to Drouin. I think Moore was trying to take the pass back to Hedman out of play. A pass back to Hedman was not threat though. Now Nash instead of defending Drouin because Moore moved toward him, moves to the middle of the ice. This opened the passing lane for a second for Drouin to fire the pass over to Kucherov for an easy one timer. Drouin is going to make that pass every time you do not give a player like that any room to think and make any moves.

This is a little bit tough in text so here is the video again to refer back to.

Up Next:

The Bruins biggest game of the year tomorrow when the face the New York Islanders in Brooklyn. The Isle’s are two points behind the Bruins in the second wild card spot. Also Toronto won last night so there lead has increased to 3 points for third place in the Atlantic.

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