The Bruins followed up their win against Ottawa on Tuesday with a 3-0 loss to the Hurricanes on Thursday. With the win, the Canes earned a sweep of the Bruins on the season. Here are my five observations.
Number Five- Brad Marchand
The look on Claude Julien’s face when Brad Marchand took a penalty late in the game said it all. That was the Bad Brat that showed up tonight, and the Bruins do not like the Bad Brat. Marchand took a late penalty in the middle of the Bruins’ second power play of the night, all but ending their final chance.
Number Four- Mini Slump
The Bruins have not been shut out since Dec. 8, when they lost to Jose Theodore and the Florida Panthers, and are now 5-8 vs Southeast division teams. The Bruins have scored three or fewer goals in each of their last five games, and have not led going into the third period in their last nine.
Number Three- Defense
I have not been happy with the defense of late. Overall, they are letting way too many breaks in over the middle, and keeping the puck in the offensive end seems to be the most difficult thing in the world. With Andrew Ference now back, they have no excuse.
Number Two- Hurricanes Match Up
The Carolina Hurricanes, the worst team in the Eastern Conference, are now 4-0 against the Bruins this season. That can only be explained by the Bruins just not matching up well against the Canes.
Number One- Cam Ward
The Bruins’ loss tonight is this simple- Cam Ward had the best night of his season, and the Bruins ran into it. Ward had 48 saves in the game, his season high, in shutting out the league leaders in scoring.
The Bruins come back on Saturday afternoon against Pittsburgh.