The season is winding down rapidly but Boston is still, somehow, holding onto a playoff spot in the Eastern Division. That they’re in seventh place is more a testament to the late season meltdowns of the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers than to the great play of the Bruins. All three teams currently have 82 points, so where they’ll finish up depends on how they finish out. The Bs only have six games left, including the one they played tonight in Boston against the Florida Panthers. There were be no points tonight for the Bruins, and I mean that two ways: 1) they were shut-out 1-0, so once again the anemic offense was unable to score any points; and 2) no points for losing.
The only scoring to happen in the game occurred in the first period. Keith Ballard’s wrist shot at the 7:15 mark of the game slipped by Tuukka Rask giving the Panthers the 1-0 lead, which would hold up for the game.
Boston outshot Florida by a lot, 36-20, but Panther goalie Scott Clemmensen was able to turn every shot to preserve his shut-out of the Bruins.
Another loss, another hit to Boston’s record, now at 34-30-12. Tuukka Rask sees his record drop also, now at 19-12-4. Boxscore recap is here.
The Toronto Maple Leafs come to Boston for the final time this season for Saturday nights game against the Bruins. NESN and the CBC will have TV coverage, 7pm.