Coming off their best win of the year on Black Friday against the Rangers, the well-rested Bruins started their 3-game roadie in Edmonton last night and came away with a disappointing 3-2 SO loss to the Oil. The Bruins did earn a point thanks to a Zdeno Chara goal with about 4 minutes left.
What is it with this team sometimes? Even in their best years, the Bruins sometimes did play down to their competition, and that is exactly what happened last night. Despite all the talk about being ready to go, and not being overconfident, they Bruins came out last night not really ready to go, with the exception of Matt Beleskey, and probably a bit overconfident in thinking they could just show up and beat the really, really bad Oilers.
And these are the type of points the Bruins need in their quest for the playoffs. Last year they missed out by 5 points, and it will likely be a tight race again this year, so every point counts. Two points last night would have been really nice, as these are the games you really should win. Another shootout loss, which is really what cost them last year, could cost them again. Why Claude Julien doesn’t use Ryan Spooner in the shootout is beyond me.
But alas, they got one point, which if better than none I suppose.
In other Bruins news:
1. Kevan Miller seems close to a return. And he’ll of course be back in the lineup when ready, right? The Bruins seem to be doing better, not great but better, over the past few games so why mess with it? Nothing against Miller, OK maybe a little bit against Miller, but he’s your 7th defenseman now, no more.
2. The Bruins miss David Pastrnak. When (if?) he comes back the forwards should be a deep group with the emergence of Frank Vatrano (although it would be so Bruins for them to send him down), with more speed and scoring ability.
3. Dougie Hamilton is strugg-aling. He’s 3-3-6 and a minus-6, and had an own goal earlier in the week Perhaps the B’s should be thankful they didn’t sign Dougie to that long-term deal, despite the short-term hit the defense has taken with his loss.
4. No Carey Price for the Winter Classic. Kind of a bummer, but will it really make a difference? The B’s can’t seem to beat Montreal whether it’s Carey Price or Vincent Price in goal.