By Joe Haggerty
NASHVILLE The Bruins needed to reclaim some momentum after snapping their four-game losing streak on Tuesday night, but they couldnt follow up with a win on Thursday.
With Brad Marchand unavailable due to suspension and facing a Nashville Predators team still exhibiting a healthy amount ofplayoff desperation, the Bruins did just enough to net a point but lost in overtime on Shea Webbers power play game-winner, 4-3.
The Bs and Preds were tied after each of the first two periods,and Patrice Bergeron potted his first goal since the end of February in the third period for what appeared to be the difference-maker. But the Preds fought back and evened it up in the final halfof the third period when David Legwand scored on a third-effort goal after Tuukka Rask had executed amazing stops on the first two bids.
The Predators caught the Bruins sleeping when MartinErat stepped out of the penalty box and behind a B's line change tostart the breakaway charge into the offensive zone. Aside from Steve Kampferlooking to block a shot in front, there wasnt another Bruin defender within a mile of the net as Nashville pressed for the tying goal. Rask lost his cool after Legwand scored and threw his stick up high in the air in frustration.
"We need sharpness as far as how we think the game right now. We're making some poor decisions mentally," said coach Claude Julien. "It's more mental than physical because I think our team battled hard tonight."
The Bs will wrap up the road trip Saturday night against the Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.Rask dropped to 10-13-1 on the season with the loss, and wasnt quite up to his game-stealing standards that he displayed Tuesday night in Columbus. He allowed a soft goal to former BU standout Colin Wilson in the opening minutes of the second period, dropping the Bruins into a 2-1 hole.
Tyler Seguin flashed some impressive offensive skill in the first to pot his 11th goal of the season while snapping a seven-game pointless drought, and David Krejci knocked home a rebound score in the second period to match two Nashville strikes in between. Joe Haggerty can be reached at email@example.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs
BRIGHTON, Mass -- Life as an emergency practice goalie can be pretty rough.
Take, for instance, Mass State Trooper Keith Segee, who has suited up a couple of times for the Boston Bruins this season during times of need, and did exactly that during Wednesday’s optional practice for the Black and Gold.
Segee got caught with a Zdeno Chara cranked slap shot right in the family jewels, and then had to walk…er, crawl it off like any normal human being would after getting bombed by a guy that can shoot it 108-mph.
“He’s got the hardest shot of anybody I’ve ever seen,” said Segee, with a smile. “I had to take two or three laps around the rink after that one and skate it off.”
Give Chara credit for moving right over to Segee and giving him a tap on the backside for skating it off, and risking life, limb and perhaps a lot more to stop a few pucks for the Black and Gold.
Segee played at Revere High and Salem State College before joining the Mass State Police, and got the emergency gig through Bruins goalie coach Bob Essensa when Boston needed a practice goalie at the end of last week in Tuukka Rask’s absence.
Let’s hope Segee is okay at this point, or the Bruins captain could be looking at a few more moving violations in his future.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while gearing up for the last couple of weeks.
*The Edmonton Oilers will return to the Stanley Cup playoffs this season as it looks like Canada will be well-represented once again after last year’s absence.
*Let’s meet the man behind the push to bring the NHL to China, and introduce the game to billions of people.
*Eric Staal is enjoying his second act with the Minnesota Wild, and even better he’s totally flourishing there as well.
*Let’s hear it for the US Women’s team that stuck to their guns and got an unprecedented deal with USA Hockey that will allow them to focus on winning for the next four years.
*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has Steve Stamkos “really close” to a return for the Tampa Bay Lightning, in a concerning development for the Boston Bruins’ playoff hopes.
*Apparently things are getting a little heightened with the Los Angeles Kings as some of their prominent players skipped a media session in Calgary.
*For something completely different: Let’s hear it for the best news of the day, the Cash Cab is coming back.