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Thomas and the Bruins struck by Lightning
Posted By Michael Thibault On Jan 17 2012 @ 10:08 pm In Boston Bruins | No Comments
The Bruins fell to the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight 5-3. Dominic Moore’s goal with about 4 minutes left proved to be the game winner, despite a great last minute effort by the Bruins. The B’s have really struggled offensively in the absence of Brad Marchand who was serving the last of his 5 game suspension tonight (as a Boston fan I say struggling as in only scoring 2 or 3 goals a night). The Bruins have now dropped 3 of their last 6, and we all knew the B’s couldn’t keep up the pace they were at the entire season. Going into tonight’s game the Bruins had a goal differential of +70. Yes, you read that right, +70. That is an absurd amount, considering that is almost double the next closest team in that category (Detroit +43). The Bruins have certainly been finding it difficult to find the back of the net since Marchand’s suspension, but luckily he will be rejoining the team on Thursday when they face off against the Devils.
The game tonight meant a lot more to the Lightning than it did to the Bruins. The Lightning were on a 7 game losing streak coming into tonight, and found themselves with the fewest points in the Eastern Conference. If they wanted any shot at making the playoffs, they need to start winning games and what better way to boost your teams confidence than beating the defending Stanley Cup Champions. Thomas looked shaky most of the game, with 2 of the goals being very soft. Nathan Horton was the lone bright spot for the Bruins tonight. He was called out by head coach Claude Julien after last nights shootout win against the Hurricanes, saying that Horton needed to pick up his game. Horton certainly did tonight, scoring a pair of goals to keep the Bruins in it.
The Bruins will face off Thursday night in New Jersey to play the Devils. On the horizon is what could be an Eastern Conference Championship preview when the Bruins host the New York Rangers at the Garden on Saturday afternoon.
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