BruinsRed Wings: 5 from the Second

BruinsRed Wings: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period of Bruins and Red Wings with Detroit taking a 5-1 lead over the Bs after the first 40 minutes at TD Garden.1)Tuukka Rask couldnt hold back the Wings in the second period, and they managed to put the game out of reach with three more goals on seven shots in the second period. Three goals on seven shots is going to get yanked territory, and wouldnt surprise to see Tim Thomas out for the third period. Perhaps the first goal of the period wasnt his fault, but this might be Rasks worst game of the year.2)Minus-9 for Patrice BergeronMark RecchiBrad Marchand tonight. Thats something you dont see very often, and its indicative of how badly theyre getting outplayed by their Red Wings counterparts.3)Henrik Zetterberg has a goal and two assists and hasnt been slowed down in the least by anyone the Bruins have thrown at him. Hes a great NHL player and hes showing exactly why while creating plays all over the ice. His backhanded pass to Jiri Hudler for a one-timer was a thing of beauty to start the second period, and give Detroit a two-goal lead.4)Zach Hamill is a minus-2 and is getting the Tyler Seguin Treatment tonight with seven minutes of ice time as hes been ineffective with Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder.5)Met the pride of Lowell, Mass. Micky Ward prior to the game, and I can safely say hes a pretty good dude. Very funny and very down to earth, and exactly what you would expect an Irish kid from Lowell to be. He kept joking that he and his family made fun of the movie because it made them look like the Griswolds with the family trickster station wagon with wood paneling they used as the family car. Funny stuff.

Bruce Cassidy: Bruins 'have got to have a stronger mental capacity' in times of adversity

Bruce Cassidy: Bruins 'have got to have a stronger mental capacity' in times of adversity

BOSTON – While there were some warning signs over the last few weeks that the Bruins might be getting away from their game, it didn’t really hit home until Thursday night’s frustrating loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

The Bruins blew through three different one-goal leads in the second period in the 6-3 loss to the Bolts at TD Garden, and each time surrendered a tying goal to Tampa in less than two minutes after initially scoring. It was a clear indicator that the Bruins weren’t fully focused on the task at hand despite having already lost three games in a row, and that their ability to bounce back from adversity is going away from them again. 

That much was obvious when the bottom dropped out in the third period, and Jonathan Drouin and Nikita Kucherov turned into a two-man Lightning wrecking crew outscoring the Bruins by a 3-0 margin in the final 20 minutes. 

“I think the frustration is more in-game, where we’ve got to have a stronger mental capacity to handle those [challenging] situations in-game. Let’s face it, when you get on a bit of a losing streak, all those things creep in, whether it’s in October or whether it’s in March,” said Bruce Cassidy. “You have doubts, you start pressing, and again, it’s my job to alleviate the kind of attention in those situations.

“But, as I told you, we all have to be accountable and be responsible for ourselves, and that’s where we just need to have better focus and better discipline in those areas. It was there when it was 3-3 [on the scoreboard]. We’ve got to push back after they score, and that’s where I thought we started to come apart a little bit where we should’ve stuck together and stuck with the program. [We needed to] get ourselves slowly back into the game. We had 10 minutes to even the score, and we weren’t able to do it.”

Clearly this wasn’t just the coach alone in his pointed observations, however, as the lack of focus showed unfortunately in a rudderless second period for the Black and Gold where they couldn’t gain any separation from Tampa Bay despite scoring three goals. 

“[It’s] not being focused, not being sharp, and obviously at this time of the year it’s unacceptable, and it’s up on us to be better,” said Bruins captain Zdeno Chara. “Those kinds of situations shouldn’t happen. So, for sure, we need to address those things and hold each other accountable.”

One thing is clear: The Bruins have a lot of work to do if they hope to avoid the same kind of late season tailspin that doomed them each of the last two seasons, and already seems to be happening over their last four losses to varying levels of hockey talent. 

Talking points: Tuukka Rask wasn't good enough vs. Lightning

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Talking points: Tuukka Rask wasn't good enough vs. Lightning

Here are the talking points from the Boston Bruins' 6-3 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.