Despite streak, Bruins still need bounceback game

DJ Bean
November 27, 2015 - 6:48 am
Categories: 

[caption id="attachment_54642" align="alignright" width="150"] Dennis Seidenberg[/caption] Dennis Seidenberg had an optimistic summary of what the Bruins might be up to after stealing four points in a road trip that saw them struggle against the Maple Leafs and Red Wings. "Maybe we wanted to turn it around this time: play bad on the road and then play at home and win," he said with a grin. That'€™s a nice way of framing things for a team that has, for the most part, been strong on the road and stunk at home. Though the Bruins have won their last two home games, that followed a 2-6-1 start to the season at TD Garden. When they face the Metropolitan Division-leading Rangers in Friday'€™s post-Thanksgiving matinee, they'€™ll have a tough time making it three straight home wins and five consecutive victories overall. The Bruins'€™ current four-game win streak is tied for its best stretch of the season. When the B'€™s took four in a row back in late October, they appeared to be hitting their stride with an impressive road trip that saw them sweep a Florida trip against the Panthers and Lightning.This time around, however, the B'€™s know that they are lucky to have won the last two games. They blew two second-period leads in the second period (one of which was a two-goal lead) on Monday against the Leafs before managing to win in a shootout, but it was Wednesday'€™s game in which they were most fortunate. Boston rarely had the puck over the final 40 minutes against Detroit and appeared headed for a 2-1 loss, but a heads-up play by Loui Eriksson led to a game-tying goal from Colin Miller with less than two minutes to play. Frank Vatrano gave the B'€™s the unlikely victory in overtime with his second goal of the game. "'Escaped' is a good word," Seidenberg said. "We obviously didn'€™t play our best hockey. We did win, which counts at the end, but at the end of the day we want to play a better style of hockey. We were defending a whole lot, turning pucks over and not playing great defense. We want to do that better today." Another area in which the Bruins should want to improve is the power play. Though they still boast the best man advantage in the league with a 30.8 success rate, the B'€™s have gone three games without a power play goal and have not scored on their last eight power plays. "Teams have been getting up ice on us a lot and then in the zone, they'€™ve been taking away the top on us," Ryan Spooner said. "That'€™s usually where, for the first 15 or 18 games or something like that, we were getting the puck to the top and it was working pretty well for us. Teams have been trying to shut that down, so we maybe need to use the goal line a little bit more, shoot a little bit more, maybe from myself, and see if that works."

Comments ()