Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bruins Suffer Third Straight Loss, Drift Back to Pack

The Boston Bruins got a highlight reel goal from defenseman Torey Krug, but it wasn't enough to stop the team from dropping its third straight decision in regulation, 3-2 to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night at TD Garden.

The Bruins have lost to the team directly behind them and in front of them in the standings on consecutive nights and now hold a slim one-point lead over the 4th place Leafs, but Toronto has two games in hand.

Boston wasn't the only team that failed to capitalize on an opportunity to pick up precious points in the standings on Tuesday. The Tampa Bay Lightning fell to the Arizona Coyotes and remain four points out of the last Wild Card spot in the Eastern Conference with ten games to play.

The Bruins and Lightning will meet in a key Eastern Conference matchup at TD Garden on Thursday.

The Flyers fell to Winnipeg at MTS Centre and remain seven points out of the Wild Card.

Meanwhile the Carolina Panthers bucked the trend and continued their climb up the standings with a 4-3 win over the Panthers. Carolina has now gone 6-1-3 in their last ten games and closed to within six points of the Leafs for the final Wild Card. The Canes got a pair of goals from Jeff Skinner and have now gone 5-0-3 during their eight game point streak.

Skinner now has seven goals in his last six game. He has three multi-goal games in that span. "We're getting contributions from everyone," Skinner said. "When you go on a run, you're going to have to win different ways and have to have guys step up on different nights and get key plays at key times in games."

Carolina goes to Montreal on Thursday and New Jersey on Saturday before heading home for a four-game homestand that begins with a rare two-game set against the Red Wings. It may be too much, too little, too late for the Canes, but it will be fun to see what this young, talented team does with its last ten games.