The Bruins have alternated wins and losses for their last ten games and seeing inconsistency like that has been rare for them this season. When losses pile up, the excuses start to creep up from all areas, but one Bruins player isn’t having that.
“Back-to-back games . . . road trips . . . if we’re even thinking of using that as an excuse, we need to get that right out of our minds,” said the veteran forward. “We’re not doing the basic things that have made us a good hockey team.”
Kelly says the Bruins need to use their immense talent and get back to outworking teams. Playing without Nathan Horton of late has made things tricky for Boston, but the effort level truly hasn’t been there as much lately. With back-to-back games this weekend against Pittsburgh and Washington, if that effort level doesn’t return the inconsistency woes won’t be going away.
Flames keep showing life, Stars stumble once again
If you think the Dallas Stars are struggling because of defense more than anything else, then you’ll make sure to keep the video above “on file.”
There Kari Lehtonen was, helpless on a 2-on-0 rush for the Calgary Flames, which Johnny Gaudreau finished with calm and ease. For some, that goal is the symbol of the Stars’ season.
Either way, it was a painful goal in the Flames’ 2-1 win against the Stars. Calgary won despite Dallas firing 30 shots on goal versus the Flames’ 20.
One team climbing, the other stumbling
With that, the Flames are now on a four-game winning streak. Since falling to 5-10-1 on Nov. 12, the Flames have gone 9-3-1 in their last 13 games, pushing them to 14-13-2 overall. Gaudreau coming back is the icing on the cake after Chad Johnson really took charge of the Flames’ top job.
During a similar span, the Stars can’t seem to get it together. Dallas stood at 6-6-3 after beating the Oilers 3-2 on Nov. 11. They’re now 10-11-6, essentially standing in place as a .500 team.
Dallas can’t seem to get momentum going, a thought that might have left them envious of the team on the other end of the ice on Tuesday.
On Tuesday, it wasn’t just about Jack Eichel vs. Connor McDavid. Instead, it was a clash between a fleet of young scorers who were in their prime, with the Buffalo Sabres coming up on top against the Edmonton Oilers.