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The Only Thing You Need to Know About the Bruins' Loss to the Canadiens


The Bruins entered their two-game Canada swing on Wednesday with a ton of momentum having won five straight games prior to the trip to Toronto and then Montreal.

It took them about 24 hours to completely lay waste to any and all of those good vibes.

One night after getting torched by the Maple Leafs in a 6-1 loss, the B's got blown out again, this time by their arch rivals, the Canadiens. Following a tight, spirited first period then ended with them leading 1-0, the Bruins gave up five unanswered goals and lost 5-1. They gave up three goals in a lost second period, giving them 22 of those on the season (second worst in the NHL) in another stinkbomb against Montreal.

At least the Bruins showed up for this game from the opening puck drop unlike Wednesday in Toronto. And they clearly had some issues on defense without Zdeno Chara and Kevan Miller even before this two game stretch. But the fact that they have now allowed 11 goals in two games with top level guys like Dennis Seidenberg and Dougie Hamilton healthy and with Patrice Bergeron, their best two-way player, just as culpable, has nothing to do with those injuries.

For a team that relies on its ability to dictate tempo on both ends of the ice, the Bruins aren't doing much on either end. They also showed for the second straight night that when things start going south, they are not equipped to stop them from snowballing. Maybe it's a confidence thing, who knows?

And just like that, five wins against teams like Florida, Buffalo, Edmonton and New Jersey don't look nearly as impressive.

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