2011 NHL Playoffs: What's Wrong With the Boston Bruins?
After tonight's 3-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens, the Boston Bruins now find themselves down two games to none and staring a foreboding historical record square in the eyes: the Bruins are 0-for-26 after falling behind 2-0 in a series.
Montreal started the scoring early once again, scoring just 30 seconds into the game. Plenty of people can be blamed for the B's losing both home games but I'm going to talk about the three biggest reasons now.
Top line just not playing up to snuff
For most of the season, when the B's top line of David Krejci, Milan Lucic, and Nathan Horton were playing well, the rest of the team played well. Lucic scored 30 goals and tied Krejci for the team lead in points with 62, while Horton potted 26 goals of his own.
So far, though, they have been nonexistent out on the ice, failing to register a single point between them while being completely shutdown by Hal Gill and P.K. Subban. If the Bruins have any chance of winning even a single game against the Habs, they are going to need these three players to step up their game and show why they are the B's top line.
If they continue to play the way they are you can say bye-bye to Boston in four games.
Tim Thomas and the defense failing
Tim Thomas may have been dominant during the regular season, recording a 2.00 goals against average and an NHL-record .938 save percentage, but since the playoffs began, he just hasn't been the same player. He gave up two soft goals the Game 1 and simply wasn't in top form again tonight.
It certainly hasn't been all Thomas' fault as the defense has failed time and time again, as well. Tomas Kaberle has looked completely lost and the Bruins have repeatedly struggled to clear the puck out of the zone, leading to almost all of Montreal's goals.
For a team who prides itself on defense they certainly haven't played well this series. For the Bruins to win a couple of games to get back into this series, the defense needs to and play up to the standard they set during the regular season.
Claude Julien's refusal to make changes during a game
When Claude Julien first took over as coach of the Bruins, he transformed them into a club who played great defense and held onto leads. Lately, much of the responsibility for the team's failure in both categories lies with Julien. He has constantly refused to make in-game changes when the B's can't get things going and his refusal to play Tyler Seguin is one of the biggest reasons he deserves to be fired once this series is over. He may be the best playmaker ability on the team, but Julien refuses to play Seguin, using the pathetic excuse that he is a rookie.
With all that said, the Bruins will most likely be out in four games, the only positive of which is the fact that Julien will be fired. The B's will then be able to bring in a coach who will hopefully be able to do something with a team full of potential and talent.
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