The Boston Bruins had been getting comfortable in the 6th spot in the Eastern Conference playoff standings but after last nights 8-2 stomping from the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Bruins dropped to the 7th spot in the East, and are now only one point away from the 8th and final playoff spot. This was the team’s third loss in four nights, and over that span they have allowed 19 goals compared to scoring only 5.
“I don’t think it’s time to panic,” Boston coach Claude Julien said after the game. “It’s certainly time to make the adjustments and address. I don’t know if it’s we’re totally out of sync or the pressure. We’ve just got to take a step back.”
It does not get any easier for the struggling B’s who have to face the Washington Capitals on Saturday at the TD Banknorth Garden. The Capitals beat the Bruins 10-2 on Monday night in Washington and hope to come into town with a ‘kick them while they are already down’ mentality.
Bruins Goaltender Tim Thomas who had been very solid all year has struggled the past week in net. He admits that the team isn’t playing at the highest level. “We’re just a little fragile right now,” Thomas said on yahoo.com. “We haven’t really been that all year.”
This team needs to regroup and they need to do it quickly because there are a few teams right behind them in the standings that are hungry and want to extend their season. Right now the Bruins don’t look like a playoff team, but rather a punching bag for the rest of the NHL. Everyone is getting in some good shots, and no one in Boston seems to know how to stop the hurt.