SAN JOSE, CA For the Bruins its something akin to Groundhog Day.
Twice in this month of March the Bs have put together two consecutive wins that had most optimistic they were pulling out of their forever .500 rut of the last two month. Twice the Bruins have dropped that third game to keep from hopping onto the season-ending roll that would signify that the Bruins are headed into the postseason at the top of their game.
Thursday night the Bruins dropped a flat 2-1 decision to the San Jose Sharks at their HP Pavilion home and truly didnt register much of an offensive blip until Zdeno Chara finally got them on the board in the third period.
The 17 shots signified a team that wasnt working hard enough to generate offensive chances or pay the price around the net. But Bruins coach Claude Julien said it was important that the Bruins avoid falling into the vicious cycle of frustration after again failing to prolong a winning streak.
I dont think were going to get frustrated every time we lose a game, said Claude Julien. We did do some good things out there. We allowed two goals the whole game. We didnt allow a ton of shots. Offensively we just didnt have the legs to create any kind of attack.
The first couple of periods there was a big gap between the defensemen and the forwards because the forwards were standing still instead of coming back to create speed. It got a little better in the third period, but we didnt have enough time to come back.
Tim Thomas was the best player on the ice for the Bruins with 25 saves many of them of the death-defying circus variety in the second period and was just as surprised at anybody else given the positive, energetic vibe in the dressing room prior to the San Jose loss.
There was no momentum carryover from the prior two wins at home when the Bruins were hoping with every fiber there would be.
If you asked me before the game I would have thought we would carry over the momentum. I thought wed turned the corner in the last two wins at home, said Thomas. Were having a hard time picking up momentum and keeping it for a long time. We have to pick it up again Saturday against the Kings.
But the Bruins need to bring that energy to the game rather than simply having it during warm-ups, and then theyll be the team they were against the Flyers and Maple Leafs and the team everyone expects them to be in the playoffs.
Morning Skate Links
Daniel Sedin appears to be out with a concussion but I dont think Ive heard an actual, official diagnosis from the team.
Eric Duhatschek asks what is going on with the San Jose Sharks to which I would reply: a really cool yard sale of hockey players after the season is over.
FOH (Friend of Haggs) Joe Yerdon has an NCAA hockey tournament preview prior to games getting going this weekend.
Plenty of interesting thoughts here in a Calgary Sun piece about Brendan Shanahans philosophy about playoff suspensions, and the issue the league may have with some of it.
Justin Bourne says when in doubt that players should probably shut up on the bench.
A scathing hatchet job on Duncan Keith throwing a head shot at Daniel Sedin which ends with the line Friends dont let friends act like Canucks. Damn, I wish I had written that.
For something completely different: Bo Jackson has never played Tecmo Bowl. This seems all kinds of wrong to me