Caps tie series, best Bruins, 2-1


Caps tie series, best Bruins, 2-1

WASHINGTON, DC Once again it was a one-goal nail-biter between the Bruins and the Capitals, and once again the series is even.
The Bruins dominated long portions of play in the offensive zone, but couldnt solve Braden Holtby in a 2-1 loss to the Caps in Game 4 at the Verizon Center. So the Bruins head back home to TD Garden with the series even at two and any momentum gained in Monday nights victory lost with another befuddling, frustratingly effective effort from the Caps.
Washington got the game-winning goal late in the second period on their third power play of the night when Patrice Bergeron was whistled for hooking after the stick went flying from the hands of Brooks Laich in the defensive zone. Alex Semin cashed in on the man advantage and snapped a 71-mph wrist shot from the left face-off dot that beat Tim Thomas high to the glove side.
The Capitals opened things up in the first two minutes of the game with a goal that started when Alex Ovechkin tackled Andrew Ference in the neutral zone during a loose puck situation. That play turned into a 2-on-1 for the Capitals when Zdeno Chara couldnt recover in time, and Marcus Johansson slammed home the Laich feed.
The Bruins tied it up midway through the first period when an ill-timed Dennis Wideman pinch turned into a Rich Peverley 3-on-1 breakaway at the other end of the ice. Peverley faked shot before snaking a wrist shot through the five-hole of Braden Holtby to tie things up.
But the Capitals enjoyed three power plays in the victory while the Bruins only got a single chance on the man advantage, and the one power play goal ended up serving as the difference.

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

Julien sidesteps job security question with "shock journalism" comment

BOSTON -- With three crushing losses in a row at a time when results are really all that matters, the Boston Bruins are reeling at the wrong time during the regular season. The B’s tried their best to win a game 0-0 with strong defense against a sleepy Chicago Blackhawks bunch on Friday night, but ultimately coughed up a Marian Hossa goal in the final minutes for a 1-0 regulation loss at TD Garden.

The defeat continued a swirl downward for the Black and Gold over the last week, and was a second straight shutout loss on home ice for the first time in almost 15 years. The losing stretch has also kicked up the chatter that Claude Julien is in trouble as head coach of the Bruins, and the hockey club’s underperformance up and down the lineup is ultimately going to cost the NHL’s longest tenured bench boss his job.

The Ottawa Senators have passed the Bruins in the Atlantic Division, and it’s only a matter of time before the Toronto Maple Leafs move by them as well with both Toronto and Ottawa holding six games in hand on Boston. Combine all of this with the B’s having missed the playoffs in each of the previous two seasons leading into this one, and it shouldn’t be at all surprising that Julien is squarely on the coaching hot seat.

The B’s bench boss was asked about his job security after the Chicago loss, and clearly didn’t appreciate the tough, but appropriate question.

“Well, I’m not into shock-journalism,” said Julien in a prideful tone. “So I’ll stay away from that question if you don’t mind.”

The Bruins posted their Saturday schedule shortly after Julien and the B’s players had addressed the media following the loss, and sure enough the embattled coach is scheduled to address the media post-practice as part of the regular practice day routine. So it doesn’t seem that a move with Julien is imminent this weekend despite another loss, but both the coach and the players know something is going to happen to shake things up with this team if they continue to struggle.

“Right now it’s a results based situation, so if you’re going to keep losing games then probably something’s going to happen,” said Torey Krug. “But right now we’re just pretty down emotionally after this game, so I don’t want to look at the big picture. I just [want to] focus on what’s going on in this room, and hopefully we can come back with a good effort the next game.”

A good effort might help Julien’s standing with the Bruins in the short term, but it’s impossible to imagine the B’s bench boss making it through the rest of the Bruins regular season given all of things working against him right now.