The Boston Bruins fell to division rivals Montreal Canadians on Sunday night, 4-3. Two nights later on Tuesday, the Bruins squandered a 3-0 and loss to the Washington Capitals in overtime, 4-3. The two straight losses followed six straight wins for the Bruins.
The only line on the Bruins that seems to be actively working towards the Stanley Cup is the Brad Marchand–Patrice Bergeron–Tyler Seguin line. The three skaters on that line are in the top four on the Bruins in points.
Bergeron has tallied a point in six out of the last seven games, and had not posted a minus on the board all season. In Tuesday night’s game, he was held scoreless with a minus one. Seguin also had not posted a minus on the scoreboard all season, and he also had a minus one. The 21-year-old had tallied points in seven out of the last eight games, but was held without a point against the Capitals.
Marchand is the only Bruin on this line to net a goal against Washington, but the three youngster should not be the only players performing on the Bruins this season.
Most Bruins have had multiple games this season where they have posted a minus. The offense and defensive ability of the Marchand-Bergeron-Seguin line is a notch above the rest. The Bruins are 14-3-3 this season, but they can’t keep relying on one line to produce if they want to make a long run into the postseason – others need to step up.
The Bruins are in a tough Northeast division where four points separate first from fourth. Losing back-to-back games in a lockout shortened season can really hurt. The team will try to get back on track on Thursday when they face the Toronto Maple Leafs and the young talent of Nazem Kadri at the TD Garden in Boston, Mass.