Today’s matchup between Murray State and Colorado State officially started the beginning of March Madness, unfortunately for Bruins’ fan a different kind of March madness began for them on March 3rd with a 3-2 loss to the New York Islanders. In the month of March, the Bruins have gone 3-5 and are currently on a three game losing streak, their first since the end of October. People can argue that 3 of the 5 losses have been by one goal, but when push comes to shove, the Bruins have not been able to secure a victory and gain the precious points needed to wrap up the number two seed in the East. These losses, which have all come to Eastern Conference teams, have started to shake the confidence of the Bruins’ faithful that was so strong in November and December. The complainers, boo birds, and pessimists are all starting to rear their ugly heads again. How soon you forget Boston, that the Bruins are the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Goaltending has been the Bruins biggest issue during this win-one, lose-one, win-one, lose-one streak. Tim Thomas, who is normally lights out in net, has been anything but great as of late. In the month of March, Thomas has posted a 3-4 record with a 3.74 GAA and a .852 save percentage. Tuukka Rask’s injury, which has him sidelined until the playoffs, resulted in the Bruins signing veteran goalie Marty Turco. Turco’s return to the NHL was not what he hoped for; posting a 0-1 record with a 4.44 GAA and a .824 save percentage so far.
The Bruins have to get their act together and get on the winning path again. The Ottawa Senators are only one point behind the Bruins in the Northeast division. If Ottawa wins the Northeast they will secure the number two seed and home ice advantage while bumping the Bruins down to the 7th position. There is an old saying that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. Hopefully the Bruins, who have been playing very sheepish lately, can rewrite this saying and enter the playoffs roaring like a lion, or at least like a bear.