The Boston Bruins have clearly played like one of the Eastern Conference's top teams, which is perhaps why their last result was so disappointing.
A matchup at home Thursday night against the struggling Florida Panthers should provide Boston with a good opportunity to bounce back.
The Bruins (17-4-3) won three in a row and nine of 11 prior to a 3-2 loss at Pittsburgh on Tuesday. With a 2-0 advantage going into the third period, they appeared set for a victory over another one of the league's elite teams, but threw it away with a series of defensive breakdowns.
Boston had been 8-2-1 when entering the final period with a lead.
"You hope that you can with a 2-0 lead going into the third, you hope you can get the job done," left wing Milan Lucic said. "We need to learn from this, giving up leads going into the third if we want to be an elite team."
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