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Bruins Lose 4-2 to Maple Leafs as Rask’s Struggles Continue

January 15th, 2014 at 4:36 PM
By Peter Dawson

After Saturday night's 1-0 shutout of a skilled San Jose Sharks team, it seemed as though Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask had finally kicked his recent cold streak. Last night the Boston netminder proved that that wasn't the case after putting forth another sub-par performance.  Not everything was on Rask, but surrendering four goals on twenty six shots is not a formula for success.

To make matters worse, Jonathan Bernier continues to prove that he is that he is Toronto's present and future in goal.  Boston spent a lot of time in the Leafs' zone, but only managed to convert three goals on 38 shots.  

"I thought the atmosphere was awesome. I think both teams played hard, and lots of hitting in that game," Bernier said. "When we get skating and we hit a lot, I think we get a lot of energy from our bench and we play very well."

The outcome was a rare defeat on home ice for the Bruins, and it sure didn't help matters that Phil Kessel was undoubtedly the best player on the ice all night.  By the time this one was all said and done, the former Bruin finished with three assists, and was constantly attacking the offensive zone.

Was it encouraging to see Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand find the back of the net? Sure, but it is quickly becoming clear that this team needs another top four defenseman to at least try and compensate for the loss of Dennis Seidenberg. Without their second best defender,  the Bruins' penalty kill continued to falter, allowing two goals on five chances.

Boston has dropped three of its last four games, and is now tied for the Atlantic Division lead with Tampa Bay at 60 points,  Things don't any easier, as they will go back on the road for the next two games (including an important contest with the Chicago Blackhawks on national television on Sunday).

 

Tags: Boston, Boston Bruins, Brad Marchand, Dennis Seidenberg, Hockey, Jonathan Bernier, NHL, Phil Kessel, Tuukka Rask

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