An Opportunity Walks

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The Bruins missed a great chance last night to get the jump on the other lower level Eastern Conference playoff hopefuls when they were shut-out at home by the lowly Florida Panthers, 1-0. The ongoing theme of the 2009-10 season continues to be the story as the B’s were unable to finish any of their plentiful scoring chances against Scott Clemmensen. Meanwhile, the struggling Flyers lost to the Islanders, Atlanta was beat by the Caps and Montreal didn’t play. Even a point would have had the B’s sitting in 6th place in the East instead of mired in an 82 point log jam with their playoff hopeful rivals.

Frustration and missed opportunity. The story of this year’s Boston Bruins.

Before the game, Tuukka Rask won the 7th Player Award. Sadly, on the current team, he was the only possible candidate other than, perhaps, the Energizer Bunny, Mark Recchi. The majority of the rest of the team has performed so far below par I wondered for a bit if there really should have even been a 7th Player this season.

With five games left and 10 points on the table, the Bruins need to take control of their own destiny here and grind this out. Allowing chances like last night, with one of the worst teams in the entire NHL visiting your building, to go by the boards is simply and utterly unacceptable. Weak and worthless and pitiful. The rest of the remaining schedule is as follows.

    Saturday, Apr. 3 at the Toronto Maple Leafs
    Monday, Apr. 5 at the Washington Capitals
    Thursday, Apr. 8 at home vs. the Buffalo Sabres
    Saturday, Apr. 10 at home vs. the Carolina Hurricanes
    Sunday, Apr. 11 at the Washington Capitals

Tomorrow night in Toronto you know damn well the Leafs, who have been playing surprisingly well of late, will want to play the role of spoilers badly. That and try to lessen the value of that first round pick of theirs the B’s hold. In fact, none of the remaining games on the schedule are going to be easy unless the Caps decide they want to rest half their team to get ready for the playoffs.

As it stands, the Bruins are struggling for the opportunity to be their first round opponent, a dubious honor indeed.

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