The Bruins aren's exactly entering the playoffs on a roll. The B's would have like to have won their division and improved their playoff seeding, but weekend losses to the Captials and Senators took care of that.
Can they turn it on now that's it's playoff time? That's the question posed to Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe and Rich Toucher on 98.5 The Sports Hub on "Uno Sports Tonight." They open as the No. 4 seed at home against the No. 5 Maple Leafs.
Said Toucher: "Not only are they not rested. They're cold. Plus all of sudden, they're struggling short-handed. They're always struggling on the power play. What really scares me is people that say 'They're showing more fight.' You lost. You lost two games you needed to win."
Shaughnessy isn't buying that the slump will continue.
"It's all teed up for them to lose," Shaughnessy said. "But I'm a glass half-full kind a guy. I choose to think it's going to kick itself. They can 'flip the switch' as they say."
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Insider Joe Haggerty hands out his superlatives following the Boston Bruins 4-3 overtime loss to the Washington Capitals
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WASHINGTON - Nicklas Backstrom scored 1:36 into overtime, helping the Washington Capitals beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 after blowing a three-goal lead Wednesday night.
Justin Williams scored twice and Daniel Winnik also had a goal to put Washington ahead 3-0 about six minutes into the second period.
After Winnik's tally, Washington went over 26 minutes without a shot on goal. Boston dominated the final five minutes of the second period, when Dominic Moore and David Pastrnak beat goaltender Braden Holtby. Colin Miller's power-play score 8:19 into third tied it at 3.
Boston arrived in Washington 4-0-1 over its last five games with three wins in a row, including a 4-3 overtime triumph against Florida on Monday night.
Evgeny Kuznetsov had two assists for the Capitals and Alex Ovechkin got his first point since Nov. 26.
Boston outshot Washington 34-20. The Capitals have won two straight following a three-game losing skid.