Boston Bruins’ 2-0 Loss to Montreal Does Not Qualify as a Moral Victory

November 23rd, 2014 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »

The Boston Bruins will have one more chance to ensure residual vinegar does not taint their Thanksgiving respite this week. That will come Monday night in the form of a visit from the Metropolitan Division-leading Pittsburgh Penguins.

To make good on that chance, they will need to address their costly shortcomings in Saturday’s 2-0 loss to the Atlantic Division-leading Montreal Canadiens. They will need their top players and veterans to behave and perform as such a little more than they did in a third straight loss to the Habs.

It is naturally tempting to point to the key absences in Boston’s lineup as Saturday’s prime culprit. It is easy to underscore the four players in action at the TD Garden who have also dressed for Providence in 2014-15. Ditto for defenseman Matt Bartkowski and winger Matt Fraser, who are not regulars on the game roster under normal circumstances.

Those players, however, were not the reasons why the Bruins blinked twice in their own end. They were not why Boston’s strike force failed to solve Canadiens goaltender Carey Price.

Instead, it was an assortment of establ ...

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