Boston Bruins Playoff Push: Game Against Ottawa Senators Could Determine Teams Fate
The Boston Bruins playoff push was in full force as of a week ago, then a 7-4 loss against the Edmonton Oilers led to a brutal 4-2 loss against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now the Bruins enter one of their most important games of the year the losers of two straight looking to beat the always tough Ottawa Senators.
To make matters worse in the season series with Ottawa the Black and Gold are 0-2, with both of those games being played on the road. With the Senators sitting directly ahead of the B’s in the second spot in the Atlantic Division the Bruins cannot afford to lose. If that didn’t scare them enough their loss against Toronto pulled the Maple Leafs within one point in the standings of the Bruins, and if Toronto finds a way around Boston the B’s would be delegated to the Wild Card, a matchup that would pit them against the Washington Capitals.
Tuesday nights game against Ottawa is vitally important, a loss here would make them losers of three straight at a time where they need to grab every possible point to avoid an epic late season collapse that they experienced in the previous two seasons. If they fail down the stretch here in these key games you can kiss the playoffs goodbye, two more games against Ottawa, a chance to even up the season series starts on Tuesday.
Cannot dwell on a tough loss in Toronto, complaining after the game about the officiating isn’t the kind of mindset you want to have ahead of what might be the deciding game in your entire season.
“I thought it was an egregious call, to be perfectly honest with you,” said Bruins interim head coach Bruce Cassidy. “A guy driving the net and their guy is there. It probably happens about 100 times during the course of the game, but we’ve got to get the job done on the penalty kill. It’s been good for us all year and unfortunately we needed one more. “It was a great game until the penalty call, I thought, to be perfectly honest with you. I thought it was a really good hockey game. It’s really unfortunate that we got no points out of it.”
Ottawa is a team that always seem to have the Boston Bruins number, everyone remembers last year in a must win last game of the season the Bruins tucked their tail and got obliterated by a Sens team that had nothing to play for but pride.
Tuesday is the chance to change it all, the bad mojo, and the losing streak. Beat Ottawa on Tuesday, beat them again on March 6th, and then maybe, just maybe, you gain the confidence you need to take them down in a playoff series. If you are in attendance tonight be loud, cheer your team on, if they fail, boo them off the ice, there are no more excuses.