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Friday, January 22, 2010
Will the Bruins ever win another game?
At this point, I'm just glad that I don't cover the Boston Bruins for a living. Those must be some (even more than usual) miserable sportswriters right about now.
The B's (23-18-8) rapid death spiral continued last night at the TD Garden as they lost 3-2 to the equally terrible but still more spunky Columbus Blue Jackets (20-24-9), 3-2.
Milan Lucic is finally starting to look himself, he had a great fight in the first period with Columbus tough guy Jared Boll, but his high sticking double minor late in the third (which was a bum call) turned into the deciding play.
Obviously you can't give a great team like the Blue Jackets a power-play opportunity like that as they cashed in when R.J. Umberger (outstanding name) tipped one in with 1:16 left.
Boston can't catch any sort of break at this point. They were up 1-0 in the first when Michael Ryder made one of his bi-weekly appearances with a goal 2:11 in from Trent Whitfield and Miroslav Satan.
Former Washington captain Chris Clark tied it up in the first period but the Bruins once again took the lead in the second period when Patrice Bergeron's long distance wrist shot found the back of the net. Daniel Paille and Zdeno Chara assisted.
Umberger had an earlier goal waved off in the second period (would have tied it at 2-2) since he kicked it in. Nice try Pele. Ultimately it didn't matter though since Antoine Vermette tied it in the third and then Umberger broke Bruins' fans black hearts with the late goal.
Tukkaa Rask (10-6-2) had 22 saves in the loss but as I've said all season long, goaltending is the least of Boston's worries.
The Bruins host Ottawa tomorrow afternoon in the teams' final meeting of the season.