During Tuesday night’s embarrassing 6-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Bruins changed their goalie….. twice. This made it the third time in consecutive games that the Bruins made a goaltending change mid-game. Twice last night, and they pulled Tim Thomas in favor of Marty Turco during Saturday’s 5-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Let’s face it. The Bruins’ goaltending hasn’t been better than atrocious. Last night, the tandem of Bruins goalies gave up 6 goals on just 17 shots. So far, in the month of March, the Bruins have given up 30 goals in 8 games, an average of 3.75 goals per game. The opponents have just 201 shots on goal in that span, an average of about 25 per game. The save percentage is a meager .850.
The Bruins have scored 23 goals in that time, averaging 2.87 goals per game, which isn’t bad, so no one can really blame the offense. It’s the goaltending. Last night was the sixth game in a row where the Bruins gave up the first goal and in early fashion yet again, when Turco let a controversial goal squeak through him off the foot of Lightning forward Tom Pyatt just 1:56 into the game. Daggers in the heart 30 seconds later when Turco fumbled a loose puck allowing Nate Thompson an easy empty netter. Just over two minutes after that, Ryan Shannon scored on the power play. So less than five minutes into the game, the Bruins were already down 3-0. Enter Tim Thomas who gave up 2 more goals, the last just three minutes into the second period. At this point, coach Claude Julien put Turco back in the game, presumably to rest Thomas.
Thomas was pulled after the first period of Sunday’s 5-2 loss to the Penguins.
The Bruins next game is tomorrow against the Florida Panthers, who claim the 25th ranked offense in the league. And an upcoming game in Los Angeles against the Kings’ 29th ranked defense might help.
The Bruins are in desperate need of a win and it starts in net. Thomas has to find his game again. The Bruins need their confidence back. Otherwise, it will be an early exit in the playoffs.