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Haggerty: Worst Loss Of Year Highlights Boston Bruins’ Weakness |BHN+

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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.

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Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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