Bruins Drop Two Straight, Krejci Hurt
Coming into this weekend, the Boston Bruins had only lost one game in regulation. In back to back nights, the Washington Capitals and St. Louis Blues handed the B’s their second and third losses of the season in two disappointing outings.
Friday, against the Caps, the Bruins allowed three goals in the second, and saw starting goaltender Tim Thomas pulled. Boston retaliated in the third and tied the game with goals by Michael Ryder, Nathan Horton, and Shawn Thornton in just under seven minutes.
Hope didn’t last long; Washington answered with two more goals, and the Bruins couldn’t keep up. They had struggled to put shots on net the entire game, and were ultimately outshot 38-18.
Saturday, against the Blues, the Bruins looked to salvage the weekend by earning two points.
Jaroslav Halak had other plans.
The St. Louis goaltender had a lengthy shutout streak until Gregory Campbell broke it with seven minutes left in the game. That was the first goal Halak had let by in 150 minutes, but it wouldn’t be enough.
The Bruins came up short and lost the game when it went to a shootout.
It was a tough weekend for Boston, and their troubles might continue. During overtime Saturday night, David Krejci collided with St. Louis center TJ Oshie and had to be helped off the ice. While the hit was legal, Krejci hit his head and was diagnosed with a concussion. The Bruins released a statement today saying that the center will be out for at least a week and will continue to be evaluated. Krejci leads the team’s forwards in time on ice and is tied for second in points scored. Until he is healthy enough to return, look for Tyler Seguin to possibly move back to his natural position at center.
Before this weekend, Boston boasted a league best 1.44 goals against per game and a second-best 3.22 goals per game. These numbers are certainly welcome after the Bruins struggled to produce a potent and reliable offense last year with the league’s worst goals per game average. It is highly unlikely, however, that the Thomas/Tuukka Rask duo will be able to sustain such a low goals against average all season. The B’s offense needs to be more consistent if the team hopes to climb to the top of the division standings.
The Bruins will look to end their losing streak this Wednesday in Pittsburgh against a struggling Penguins squad.