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Futility, thy name is Bruins

In this very spot yesterday I wrote that the Boston Bruins should beat the Montreal Canadiens based on the paper lineups. Well, a quick look at the paper box score tells me that the Bruins out-shot the Canadiens 47-25, had four more power play opportunities and won 11 more faceoffs. Easy win, right? Not with this team. With the losing streak up to nine in a row after last night's 3-2 shootout loss, the Bruins are at a loss for any semblance of a clue as to what is going on. Over their last two games, the Bruins have allowed (and yes, that is the correct word) Jose Theodore and Jaroslav Halak to combine for a .966 save percentage. The last win at the TD Garden was Dec. 30. The last regulat...

Gameday: Bruins vs. Canadiens

On paper, the Boston Bruins should win tonight. After all, their forwards are better than Montreal's, since the Canadiens are missing Cammalleri and Andre Kostitsyn. The Bruins have better talent on the blue line, with Zdeno Chara, Johnny Boychuk and Derek Morris leading the way over a group that includes Hal Gill and the corpse of Jaroslav Spacek. In net, Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak have near identical Save %, with Tuukka holding an edge in GAA. But, as anyone who's watched the Boston Bruins since the Winter Classic will tell you, what the Boston Bruins look like on paper can be discarded and ignored. The Black and Gold have not won a game at the TD Garden since Dec. 30 against Atl...

Stuck In a Moment You Can't Get Out Of

For 40 minutes last night, the Boston Bruins had their fans thinking that the team that captured their hearts and rolled through the regular season and first round of the playoffs last season was making its triumphant return to the TD Garden. But as it's been throughout the '09-10 campaign, the Bruins once again disappointed their fans by allowing three third period goals and missing numerous scoring chances in losing to the Capitals 4-1. Now, it would have been unfair to go into last night's game expecting the Bruins to win, with Washington having won its last 10 games and Boston being mired in its worst losing streak at home since the 1920's. But based on the performance of the team ...