Found March 31, 2013 on The Nosebleeds:
We all could see it coming but with the way the Bruins started, many Bruins fans talked themselves out of a possible March slump.  Through the first two weeks of March it looked like the Bruins were defying odds.  They started the month 6-2-1 but have since lost five of their last seven games before Sunday night’s game in Buffalo.  In that time, the Bruins hadn’t scored a first period goal in their last seven games, their worst such streak since 2001.  It’s not exactly surprising that the Bruins are having trouble starting games with energy but it’s certainly concerning. The Bruins continued to lose leads, most notably their two-goal lead against the Canadiens.  The late comeback gave the Canadiens sole possession of first place in the Northeast.  It was a game that was decided by truly flukey bounces and a very odd penalty on Aaron Johnson, but it was a loss nonetheless, and a loss the Bruins can’t be giving to their division rival.   The swoon has had the Bruins creeping South in the standings and when they woke up on Sunday morning the Leafs and Senators were just two points behind them for fourth place. Goal of the Week Amidst the plummet, it looked like the Bruins were going to find salvation in the form of Jarome Iginla but the trade fell through at the midnight hour and the highly coveted winger went to the Penguins.  It was a tough hit for Bruins fans who were frustrated with the teams lackluster play and although they won’t admit it, it was probably tough for the players themselves.  After the game on Wednesday some Bruins players went as far to complement Iginla when questioned, clearly thinking he was on his way to Boston before the Pittsburgh news broke.  It almost seems like the Bruins were waiting for a deal to be done, that they needed that extra spark.  Maybe it’ll come on the April 3rd deadline, but with the asking price so high for rentals, Bruins players and fans shouldn’t think the team will obtain a game-breaker.       Save of the Week What the Bruins truly need, aside from a heart transplant and new legs, is a solid defensive-defenseman.  If the last week or so has told us anything it’s that Aaron Johnson shouldn’t be trusted to play as much as he has been forced to.  The Bruins don’t need a puck-moving defenseman for a few reasons.  1.) They don’t work in Claude’s system, 2.) they come at a very high price. 3.) They have 1.5 in Dougie Hamilton and Matt Bartkowski.  The problem with the Bruins lately has been team defense.  In the game’s where they’ve given up leads it hasn’t been because of goaltending so much as it’s been complete defensive breakdowns.  They need a guy like Mark Stuart, or Greg Zanon, a guy who barely knows what to do in the offensive zone, but that’s okay because they can defend the net. Fight of the Week With Johnny Boychuk and Adam McQuaid missing time lately, it began to show just how thin the Bruins defensive corps is, especially in a shortened season, with weary legs.  It’s beginning to show on Zdeno Chara and Dennis Seidenberg, and when they can’t perform at the very top of their game night in and night out it shows the lack of depth and need for help.  The Bruins don’t have consecutive days off for the remainder of the regular season so the legs will still be tired.  Claude’s began scratching some players to give them breathers but he’s clearly not confident in his seventh defensemen enough to do it as often as they may need it. Three Stars 1. David Krejci 2-6-8 +2 2. Patrice Bergeron- 2-5-7 +1 3. Brad Marchand- 2-3-5 +3. April’s schedule isn’t a cakewalk, they do have some big matchups left against playoff teams, but they also play eight of their final 14 against current non-playoff teams.  Their final week of regular season games is against FLA, PHI,TB,WSH.  Those should be four teams who are ready to golfing after a 48-game sprint.  It could be the difference between the Northeast Division and a four or five seed.
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