Not as bad as the Bruins last outing with the Penguins but today's St. Patrick's day matinee game was just as frustrating. Inconsistent play by the Boston Bruins offense gift wrapped this game and handed it over to the Penguins. In the first period Doc Emrick's man-crush, Sydney Crosby, drew first blood off a rebound from a Dupuis shot from the blue line. Tyler Seguin quickly answered back for his 10th of the season assisted by Patrice Bergeron and Johnny Boychuk. With 0:32 left in the first period, Joe Vitale broke the tie with a goal off a juicy rebound. That would be the last goal of this game. The remaining 40 minutes was riddled with inconsistent play by each of Bruins offensive lines but the lack of a fore check and net front presence was the most frustrating. Boston simply could not sustain any type of pressure in the Penguins end despite getting two powerplays and out shooting the Penguins 32 to 18.
As ofright now, Pittsburgh is simply the better hockey team. Boston's fatigue is showing and they are far from out of the woods. Now, with David Krecji going down after catching a Johnny Boychuk slapshot on the inside of his knee today, Boston has a lot of issues to address. They are on the road for the next 3 games setting up to face the Jets, Senators, and Maple Leafs. Boston can not afford to start slumping. I sincerely hope Peter Chiarelli is on the phone right now, wheeling and dealing to get some offensive help for the black and gold.