What we learned in Bruins' 4-3 loss to Hurricanes
Don Sweeney was critical of his Bruins team leaving points on the table in certain instances, and they did it again on Sunday by replacing Colin Miller with a rusty John-Michael Liles in their game day lineup. Miller has been playing very good hockey for the last 4-6 weeks and is one of the few really mobile defenseman in their lineup, but Claude Julien opted to scratch him in favor of inserting Liles back into the lineup for the first time since Nov. 27. Liles missed 20 games with a concussion, and the B’s certainly need to find a time to get him back into the lineup now that he’s ready. But why not remove one of Adam McQuaid or Kevan Miller against a Carolina team that doesn’t play physical hockey? Removing Miller means Julien was pretty much forced to go with Liles in overtime, and he made a weak hope pass from behind the Boston net that was easily picked off and turned into the Sebastian Aho overtime game-winner. It’s not Liles fault as he was expected to have some rust, but was it really anything close to optimal having him out there for the 3-on-3 OT with a point on the line after not playing in six weeks? It’s little choices like that which potentially cost the Bruins that they are going to desperately needed when it comes down to it at the end of the regular season. So we learned another way the B’s are leaving points on the table on Sunday.