Post-Game notes: Bruins vs Wild 2/19/12

I’m not gonna lie to you all, I only got to watch half the game yesterday because I was at work, and I ended up listening to the other half of the game on the radio on my drive home. It’s probably better this way, because I find it’s easier to deal with frustrating losses when you don’t have to see the looks on the Bruins’ faces when they pour 48 shots on a slightly better-than-average goalie and can’t score.

Once again the Bruins dictated play out of the gate but failed to generate on quality scoring chances. Though  the effort is certainly there, the Bruins have failed consistently over the past few games to get bodies in front of the net to create traffic, clean up rebounds, or muscle in greasy goals. A goalie cannot save a shot he can’t see it and Backstrom got too many good looks because there simply wasn’t enough traffic in front of the net. The Bruins cannot continue to shoot pucks a goalie’s chest from the point and expect it to show on the scoresheet.

As has also been the case over the past few games, the Bruins couldn’t maintain any pressure in the second period and came out flat early. Halfway through the second period, Wild center Chad Rau beat Chara and faked Tim Thomas to get Minnesota on the board. 5 minutes later, Chris Kelly found himself in the box for a tripping penalty and Matt Cullen scored Minny’s second goal on the power play.

The Bruins mustered up some good chances during the 3rd period in an attempt to get themselves on the board, but Nicklas Backstrom was on his game and made some heart-stopping saves in the 3rd period to keep his team’s lead intact. End game. Bruins lose 2-0 and the Wild’s 7 game losing streak is snapped.

The good news is that the Wild has historically owned the Bruins. The bad news is that the Bruins are now 3-6-0 in the month of February, and 4 of their 6 losses this month are shut out losses. The Bruins are scoring fewer than 2 goals per game and it’s safe to call this an offensive slump.

Next up is the St. Louis Blues, a dark horse Cup contender this year that the Bruins NEED to get up for. Let’s hope.

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