Boston Bruins: Last Skate Of The Day, April 3, 2014


Mar 8, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman

Dougie Hamilton

(27) and right wing

Reilly Smith

(18) talk against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins dropped their second straight game tonight, a overtime loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Bruins were battling for points, the Leafs were playing for their post season lives. The Bruins had a few defensive breakdowns throughout the game, and the Maple Leafs were blessed with a little bit of puck luck. Down 3-1, the Bruins did lead a strong comeback powered by Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron that likely gave many Leafs fan a flashback to a certain game seven last year. The Bruins got a point, and the Leafs still have a chance to make the post season. (Where if they survive, they’ll play the Bruins.) (Boston Bruins)

The Toronto Maple Leafs are battling for their post season existence, and walked away with two points last night. It’s their first win streak in over a month, and they’re going to either have to double down and play a fully offensive game that works for teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins, or they’re going to have to put all their hopes on Jonathan Bernier and James Reimer  and hope for the best. At the moment, they’re one point behind Columbus for the eighth spot in the East. (Toronto Maple Leafs)

The Columbus Blue Jackets and the Philadelphia Flyers had a spirited match last night that saw Sergei Bobrovsky stop all thirty seven shots to give the Blue Jackets a 2-0 win. That win kept Columbus in the playoffs and Toronto still looking to get in, it also moved them closer to the Flyers and the Detroit Red Wings. While the Bruins are secure in their run for the post season, for seven other teams, those last four playoffs spots are still up for grabs. (Columbus Blue Jackets)

The team at Bleacher Report do a break down of the Boston Bruins and ask the question: Will the Bruins go all the way to the Stanley Cup Final again this year? (Bleacher Report)

While tonight’s loss may have been annoying, the Bruins team showed a lot of character in not wailing on the refs for a few bad calls (the missed high stick on Dougie Hamilton being the big one, and the disallowed goal being number two.) That’s why their professionals. (CSNNE)