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Bruins blow 4-0 lead to Panthers; Twitter reacts appropriately

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Bruins blow 4-0 lead to Panthers; Twitter reacts appropriately

You probably won't see a worse Boston Bruins loss this season than what was put on display vs. the Florida Panthers on Tuesday night.

The B's took a 4-0 lead into the third period, then proceeded to allow four unanswered goals to bring the game into overtime.

After an uneventful OT period, Florida defeated Boston in a shootout to complete the epic collapse.

Twitter reacted to the stunning loss pretty much exactly how you would expect:

Appropriate responses to the Bruins' fourth straight loss.

Boston, now 11-3-4, will have a couple of days to think about the horrendous third-period effort before it faces off against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night.

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Highlights: Bruins can't seize momentum, fall 4-1 to Avs

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Highlights: Bruins can't seize momentum, fall 4-1 to Avs

FINAL SCORE: Avalanche 4, Bruins 1

IN BRIEF: The Bruins tied it early with a Chris Wagner tip-in off a John Moore shot from the point, but from there the Avs dictated play to hand Boston its first home loss in regulation at TD Garden in the 2019-20 season. It was a Pyrrhic victory for the Avs, though, who lost Calder Trophy favorite and former UMass star Cale Makar to injury.

BOX SCORE

BRUINS RECORD: 20-4-6 (46 points, 1st in Atlantic Division)

HIGHLIGHTS

WAGNER TIPS HOME MOORE’S SHOT FROM POINT

AVS LOSE MAKAR

UP NEXT:

At Ottawa, Monday, 7:30 p.m., NESN

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Ritchie returns to B's lineup vs Avs, brings size and toughness

Ritchie returns to B's lineup vs Avs, brings size and toughness

At a time when David Pastrnak is getting knocked around a little bit with teams targeting him physically, the Bruins will get a little bigger, stronger and nastier in their own lineup with Brett Ritchie returning to good health.

Ritchie will draw back in on Saturday night against the Colorado Avalanche, but Bruce Cassidy said the Bruins still aren’t sure about who might be coming out of the lineup for the Black and Gold as they battle through some illness issues.

“Ritchie is going to go in. Right now we’re not sure because we’ve got a game time decision to make. One of the guys is not feeling well. I don’t want to get ahead of myself right now, but that’s the decision,” said Cassidy. “The reason Donnie [Sweeney] brought him in is that we were looking to get some size, get a guy that can get inside and help us score some goals that way. Be a presence. Unfortunately for Brett it’s been a stop-and-start sort of season for him. We don’t have a great evaluation on him right now. At times he’s looked the part and other times we don’t know because he’s been getting up to speed. That’s what he’ll be doing [against Colorado].”  

Perhaps Ritchie can bring a willingness to police any liberties taken against Pastrnak as well if that continues to be trend going against the NHL's leading scorer. 

Ritchie has missed the previous seven games with a nagging infection issue and has missed 14 of Boston’s 29 games already this season while still looking to establish himself among the B’s forward group. He’s got two goals and four points in 15 games for the Black and Gold this season, but certainly has to be looking for a healthy stretch where he can bring his 6-foot-3, 220-pound size, his toughness and his inside offensive presence to a top-9 role for the Bruins.

Cassidy also mentioned that Jaroslav Halak will be getting the start for the Bruins against the Avalanche as they prepare for a four game road trip through a number of Eastern Conference opponents next week. Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings without a confirmation on who might be coming out of Boston’s lineup:

Marchand-Krejci-Pastrnak
DeBrusk-Coyle-Heinen
Bjork-Kuraly-Ritchie
Nordstrom-Lindholm-Wagner

Chara-McAvoy
Krug-Carlo
Moore-Grzelcyk

Halak

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