Saturday, April 9, 2016

Bruins Shellacked in Final Game, Eliminated as Flyers Win

The Boston Bruins came in hot and finished stone cold, losing to the Ottawa Senators in a dreary season finale that left the home faithful booing and head coach Claude Julien puzzled.

“We all have to accept responsibility here,” Julien said after the game. “Our goal was certainly to duplicate our effort that we had (Thursday night) against Detroit, and when you look at what happened (today), it’s even more disappointing because we could have controlled our own fate again. ... Right now, all you can do is cross our fingers and almost hope for a miracle. That’s all that’s left for us. It’s totally out of our hands now.”

Unfortunately for Boston, that miracle faded later in the afternoon as the Flyers earned two points at home by defeating the Penguins.

It was a disappointing finish for the Bruins, and in the end they were done in by their inability to win at TD Garden. Boston put up a 17-18-6 record on home ice, and they finished poorly down the stretch, going 3-6-1 in their final ten games.

In their defense, the Bruins got a bit of bad news when it was announced that Tuukka Raask would not be able to go due to illness. But their can be no excuse for a 6-1 loss in a must-win game against a middling team like Ottawa.

“I don’t think anybody can say they had a good game,” Bruins' defenseman Zdeno Chara said.

The Bruins have now missed the playoffs in two consecutive seasons.