Boston Bruins Need to Start Drawing First Blood Again

March 10th, 2012 by Al Daniel Leave a reply »
The Boston Bruins bookended the first full calendar week in March with a pair of virtually identical storylines. They impelled head coach Claude Julien to exhaust his timeout upon dropping to a 2-0 deficit in the first period and then fell short in the resultant cramming session en route to a 4-3 loss.

In between, they did muster their first pair of consecutive victories in precisely eight weeks, but not without having to surmount 1-0 and 2-1 potholes against Toronto and a 1-0 disadvantage versus Buffalo.

Only twice in their last nine games and thrice in their last dozen outings have the Bruins tuned the opposing mesh first. Furthermore, since the All-Star break, Boston has sculpted itself an initial 2-0 lead on three occasions while granting the adversary the same jumpstart six times.

All nine times, the team with the original multi-goal cushion subsisted well enough to claim a regulation victory.

Having just repressed a Buffalo Sabres team that is on the playoff/no-playoff borderline and snapped their protracted streak of streak-lessness, one would think the Bruins had the requisite traction to exact a more complete and assertive effort ...

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