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Low Scoring Games Becoming the Norm For Black and Gold

By Tim Rosenthal, Bruins Daily

As the injuries and call ups from Providence continue to pile on, there's been one constant element that's surrounded the Boston Bruins over the last 15 games.

It was brought up when Zdeno Chara was put on the shelf for 4-6 weeks and it still holds true. The Bruins are grinding their way through low scoring games.

It's not the most entertaining hockey by any means. At times, as it was for part of Friday's game against the Winnipeg Jets, watching paint dry might have been more compelling to watch.

In those 15 games since watching their captain go down against the New York Islanders, the Bruins have tallied 39 goals while allowing 35. All that matters for Claude Julien's squad, however, is being on the right end of the scoreboard as it continues to tread water while several players, including Chara and David Krejci, heal their wounds.

“I don’t think we expect to go out there and dominate a game from start to finish with our lineup right now,” Julien said following the Bruins’ 2-1 overtime win over the Jets. “It is what it is, and we understand that we’re going to grind it out and we have to be ready from the get go.”

Nothing comes easy with the 2014-15 Bruins. On Friday, it was a sloppy first period marred with turnovers and inconsistent play that put them in an early 1-0 hole.

Gradually, the Black and Gold got better during the second period before taking complete control in the third period on Milan Lucic’s fifth goal of the season. Still, toward the end of the final stanza and into overtime, the B’s had to kill a four-minute power play after Brad Marchand went off for high sticking.

The B’s killed the penalty and finally earned their 14th win of the season on Dougie Hamilton’s walk-off goal in the extra session. Yet just like many of their other wins this season, it wasn’t pretty.

“Personally, I can’t speak for everyone. Yet, we tend not to allow too many goals, so they generally are close,” Matt Bartkowski said after another solid effort defensively. “So, I don’t think anyone gets nervous at all.”

“It wasn’t our best period in the first there, survived that only down one goal, then catching up in the second a little bit and then the third was good,” added goaltender Tuukka Rask, who made 35 saves in the victory. “We got it tied then I think after that we made some mistakes we had to clear, but [it was] good to find a way to win.”

As the old adage says: a win is a win. There are no style points for a victory. The end result is all that matters.

At the same time, the Black and Gold will need to work out the kinks and grind their way through a tough four-game west coast slate, beginning with the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

“We can score more for sure,” said Carl Soderberg, who tallied the primary assist on both Bruins’ goals on Friday night. “But as long as we don’t give up too much, we don’t have to score as much either. So I think that our offense is coming from a good defense and that’s what we want to keep doing.”

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