The Bruins have been the model of inconsistency in the NHL this season. Between playing the least games out of any team in the league, and dropping crucial points to poor teams, Boston has had their struggles.
On Saturday night, Boston hosted the Sabres in hopes they would hand them their 17th straight loss. They would convert on that front, but not easily. Sam Reinhart and Kyle Okposo had Buffalo up 2-1 at the end of the second frame. Nick Ritchie would equalize, with Craig Smith netting the winner in the final minutes. The Bruins defeated Buffalo 3-2 on home ice.
The second half of the back to back was a Sunday evening matchup with the New Jersey Devils. Within four minutes, Kyle Palmieri got the Devils up 1-0. This goal would hold all the way until the final minute of the third. Here, captain Patrice Bergeron tied it up at one. Or so he thought.
The goal was challenged, and waved off for goaltender interference. With ten seconds to go, the B’s yet again thought they had found their break. A strange bounce found the puck about 99.9% across the goal line, only to be stopped by the heroics of Mackenzie Blackwood with 1 second left. New Jersey would hold on to a 1-0 victory.
The Bruins continue to drop points in big games, which will make it very difficult to maintain a playoff spot. One bright spot is that Boston has just 31 games played, easily the least in the league. They still sit in fourth place in the East division, and will earn a rematch with the Devils on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM.