The Boston Bruins have been on a roll since 2015 began, but they just couldn’t get it done against the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday, dropping a 3-2 decision via a shootout.
Head coach Claude Julien explained it simply to NESN: the Bruins “ran out of gas.”
The stats certainly back up such a sentiment. After slightly edging Colorado in shots 19-17 through the first two periods, the Avalanche dominated in that regard to the tune of a 19-5 disparity in the third period and OT.
Overall, Torey Krug and plenty of other Bruins seemed happy with most of their efforts, but disappointed with the outcome, as the team’s website reports.
“We played a good 58 minutes of hockey,” Krug said. “And killed a lot of penalties and Tuukks came up big for us in some key moments. They just outbattled us at the end and they scored the goal in the shootout that mattered.”
The Bruins enter the All-Star break playing some of their best hockey of the season, even with this last blemish. They’ve won six of eight and have generated at least a standings point in all but one of their games since Dec. 29.
While they aren’t in a perfect situation – the Florida Panthers could surpass the Bruins by winning in their four games in hand, for example – Boston is currently in the East’s second wild card spot as of the break. Considering how shaky certain stretches of the 2014-15 season have been, they’ll take it.