The Boston Bruins lost for the fourth time in five games on Monday night, falling to the Anaheim Ducks 3-0. The result, just as the others during this skid, can be directly attributed to a lack of passion, which has been plaguing this team since last season. The Bruins came out flat in the first period and were thoroughly dominated throughout the first fifteen minutes of the game, managing only two shots on goal; one of which was from well beyond the red line.
From that point on, the Bruins picked up their offensive game slightly, as they sent a barrage of shots at Ducks goaltender Jonas Hiller, but they once again showed an inability to finish as they just didn’t seem to have the hunger to do the dirty work down low and knock in a rebound; a thought that was echoed by Bruins coach Claude Julien.
“You can say we had 40-something shots, but a lot of them were one shot and out,” Bruins center Marc Savard told reporters after the game. Savard also pointed out that a lack of effort is a reason for the recent skid, and attempted to take his share of the blame. “We created chances, but bottom line is that you’ve got to come to the rink and want results. I think, including myself, I’m probably top of the list right now,” Savard said.
On the other side of the ice, Hiller played arguably his best game in the NHL, stopping all 45 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season. The Bruins will look to get back on track on Thursday when they face the Atlanta Thrashers in their last home game of 2010.