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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

What's the point of watching the Bruins?

Honestly, why do I still watch the Bruins this season? After Marc Savard went down with a concussion, this team that wasn't getting out of the first round of the playoffs, now seems destined not to even make it.

It's a hard choice: do you want to see the Bruins qualify for the playoffs, only to be swept by the Capitals, Devils or Penguins or just not make it at all?

It seems obvious that any true fan would want them to make the playoffs simply because you never know what'll happen but this edition of the Bruins is one of the most predictable teams I can ever remember.

They're limping home from their season-high seven game road trip after a 3-2 loss in New Jersey last night.

The Devils (41-24-3) took any intrigue out of it by scoring all three goals in the first period. Rob Niedermayer, David Clarkson and Olympic hero Zach Parise all scored for New Jersey.

Boston (30-26-12) made a half-hearted comeback as Blake Wheeler cut it to 3-1 in the second period with his 17th goal (assists to Mark Stuart and David Krejci) and then Patrice Bergeron (his 15th of the season) made it 3-2 with an extra skater on and 1:03 left in the game. He tipped Dennis Seidenberg's shot from the point, Wheeler also assisted.

The poster boy for this lost season for the B's has to be goaltender Tim Thomas. He won the Vezina Trophy last season after a career year and was rewarded with a big deal. This season, he has been awful, never getting on a hot streak forcing Boston to constantly flip-flop him with Tuukka Rask.

Thomas (15-17-8) gave up all three goals and was yanked after the first period. Rask (15-9-4) stopped all 16 of the shots he faced in the last two periods.

The ageless Martin Brodeur (38-22-3) stopped 34 shots for the win.

This torturous road trip wraps up tonight in Carolina where the Bruins will no doubt struggle to score goals and lose to an equally terrible Hurricanes team (who have been playing well lately).

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