The Boston Bruins at least waited a month to drop their first true stink bomb to this obviously weird NHL season.
Over the weekend the B’s dropped a regulation loss to the New York Islanders at the tail end of a long six game stretch on the road where they didn’t appear to have the skating legs required to control play. It was understandable given the rigors of the unusual stop-and-start schedule they have been playing this season, and it was at the very least against a quality, playoff-level opponent in the Islanders.
None of that was the case in Thursday night’s listless 3-2 loss to the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden that featured a distinct lack of urgency, real difficulty executing the transition game against a speedy Devils attack and a special teams’ breakdown against a New Jersey team that’s struggled mightily in the specialty teams department all season.
In other words, it was a hot mess for the Black and Gold and clearly their worst loss of a hockey season that’s been mostly good for them.