In the last 48 hours, the Boston Bruins have dropped significant games to two teams their jostling for playoff positioning with in the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators. In both instances, they were regulation defeats.
With that, the Senators have a six-point lead over the Bruins for second in the Atlantic with a game in hand. At this point, the Senators are more fixated on catching the Canadiens for first in the division … while there’s a serious risk for Boston to slip into a wild card spot (or even worse).
Check out Toronto breathing down Boston’s neck for the third spot in the Atlantic:
Bruins: 82 points in 73 games played
Maple Leafs: 81 points in 71 GP
Yeah, this three-game losing streak stings for the Bruins, particularly these last two. Then again, it’s been the story of the season in some ways, as Boston’s lost key points against these two rivals:
Tuesday saw some entertaining and violent tussles, whether the teams involved were both desperate or if some were merely driven by pride (or was it spite?).
To kick off a big game for both the San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild, Chris Stewart dropped the gloves with Micheal Haley. As you can see from this post’s main image, it’s not their first bout, as Stewart fought Haley as a member of the Anaheim Ducks.
Stewart probably won that fight with his jab-heavy approach.
The New Jersey Devils didn’t have much to gain against the New York Rangers tonight, yet they edged them 3-2 in overtime nonetheless.
Then again, spite can be quite the motivator, and there were multiple moments of violence that made you think that the Devils are well aware of the teams’ rivalry.
Injuries continue to assail the Pittsburgh Penguins, yet they keep battling. Perhaps clinching a playoff berth will soothe some of those wounds, then.
They punched their ticket after beating the Buffalo Sabres in a spirited 3-1 bout on Tuesday, becoming the fourth NHL team to do so in 2016-17. As the latest example of how ridiculous the Metropolitan Division is, consider that the Penguins are the third Metro team to clinch.
Speaking of that stout division, Pittsburgh didn’t get to go to first place tonight, as the Washington Capitals rode a great Alex Ovechkin performance to a 4-2 win against the Calgary Flames.
Alex Ovechkin has 11 shots on net, a goal, two assists and drew a penalty. He's been a monster tonight.
If there’s one obvious choice for a Boston Bruins defenseman who would benefit from the team’s increased emphasis on attacking, it would be Torey Krug.
Usually that means advancing the puck in transition and being a little more aggressive in offensive support … but every now and then, Krug turns on the jets and creates chances more or less by himself.
Tuesday presented one of his most impressive moments, as he made it look way too easy going coast-to-coast to score a goal against the Ottawa Senators. You wonder if Erik Karlsson felt a tinge of jealousy in that moment.
Flu seems to be in the water for Sharks with Vlasic out this time