Over the past two nights, the Bruins have not looked like a playoff caliber team and it showed again in a 1-0 overtime loss to the Florida Panthers last night at the TD Banknorth Garden. After an embarrassing 10-2 loss on Monday night to the Capitals in which the Bruins had trouble stopping goals, last night their major issue was scoring them.
That was thanks to Panthers goaltender Craig Anderson who had another stellar performance in net stopping all 40 shots he saw for his second consecutive shutout victory. On Sunday, Anderson set an NHL record for saves in a shutout victory with 53 saves against the Islanders in another 1-0 win. The back-to-back shutout efforts combined for a total of 93 saves which is the most in two games since the 1989 season.
“These last two games have just been terrific,” Anderson said on yahoo.com. “As much as you want to say it’s just one guy, it’s been everybody. The little things you might not notice, I recognize, the coaches recognize, and the other guys recognize what guys are doing. We’re making sure were getting the pucks out, we’re making big blocks, we’re making sure the puck doesn’t get to the net, and a lot of the time I am seeing the shots, which is a credit to the guys in front of me.”
As of now the Bruins are still in the 6th playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but are tied with the Rangers and have the Flyers nipping at their heels only 3 pts back. With only 16 regular season games left on the schedule, every game becomes an important one, especially those against in division opponents.
The B’s have two more home games this week and can hopefully win both to salvage a decent home stand. They skate tomorrow night against the Toronto Maple Leafs and then take the ice again on Saturday for a rematch against the Washington Capitals. Bruins Tickets are still available for all home games.