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Bruins encouraged by losing effort in Washington: 'That's the kind of hockey we want to play'

Bruins encouraged by losing effort in Washington: 'That's the kind of hockey we want to play'

WASHINGTON  – It might have been the Bruins' fourth loss in a row and, for the first time all season, the B's have lost three consecutive regulation games, but there were glimmers of hope in the 3-2 defeat at hands of the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena.

The Bruins marched out to a 1-0 lead after David Pastrnak’s first goal in five games and it would have been a two-goal lead early in the game if a silly offsides challenge that had nothing to do with the actual goal hadn’t overturned Patrice Bergeron’s power-play strike.

So, the Bruins had a better start than they have had recently, had a solid three periods of play while outshooting the Capitals 32-25 and played with more engagement, effort and urgency than they have shown in a couple of weeks. It was certainly encouraging that the Bruins are turning the corner back toward consistently good efforts rather than some of the forgettable, unfocused efforts of the past couple of weeks. Still, it was again a loss. 

“We’re all frustrated, but as a coach, you like how the 60 minutes transpired better than some of the other nights. We were in the game, right there and very easily could have won the game,” said Bruce Cassidy. “Two or three things probably changed that, but in terms of a 60-minute effort we’re getting a lot closer to where we want to be.”

The good news is that the Bruins leadership group sees light at the end of the tunnel with another big game against the Tampa Bay Lightning awaiting them 24 hours later. 

“I thought that’s the kind of hockey that [we] want to play and you want to get back to,” said Bergeron of a Bruins team that’s taken just one out of a possible eight points in their last four games. “There are still some things to rectify with us coming up short, but we’re trending in the right direction. But it’s a short turnaround with the game [against Tampa Bay].”

The Bruins are still sitting on a 10-point lead in the division over Buffalo and Montreal despite having dropped four in a row, so there’s clearly no panic or feeling like their backs are against the wall. On the contrary, that might be part of the lack of urgency that’s crept into the B’s game the past couple of weeks, but they showed Wednesday night that they still have a solid, consistent effort in them when the mood strikes them.

Perhaps the good, honest and hard-working losing effort against the Capitals can spin the Bruins back into a winning direction with a couple of road games in Florida staring them in the face.

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Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara named to NHL's All-Decade second team

Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara named to NHL's All-Decade second team

Two key pieces of the Bruins core who brought a Stanley Cup back to Boston in 2011 and reached a Cup Final in 2013 and 2019 have found a place on the NHL All-Decade Team for the 2010s.

Zdeno Chara is a defenseman and Patrice Bergeron a forward on the All-Decade second team named by NHL as part of its All-Star Weekend in St. Louis. Joining them on the second team are forwards Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning, defensemen Erik Karlsson of the San Jose Sharks and goalie Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers.

The first team is center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, forwards Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, defensemen Duncan Keith of the Blackhawks, Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury of the Las Vegas Golden Knights.

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The teams were chosen by a panel of NHL general managers, NHL hockey operations staff, NHL.com writers and on-air talent from NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

Earlier, the Bruins' improbable 5-4 overtime, comeback victory over the Maple Leafs in the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, in which Bergeron scored the game-winner, was named Game of the Decade. The B's became the first team to win a playoff Game 7 when trailing by three goals in the third period when they overcame a 4-1 deficit. 

 


 

NHL All-Star Skills Competition live stream: How to watch it online

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NHL All-Star Skills Competition live stream: How to watch it online

David Pastrnak, who leads the NHL with 37 goals, is the lone Bruins representative in the NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis and his participation begins Friday night when he takes part in a new part of the All-Star Skills Competition, the "Shooting Stars" event.

The Shooting Stars involves players standing about 30 feet high on a platform and shooting at targets. Last year, Pastrnak won the NHL Accuracy Shooting competition but will try his hand this year at the new event.

The other new event is the Elite Women's 3-on-3. In that event, two women's teams -- American All-Stars and Canadian All-Stars -- each comprised of nine skaters and one goalie, will go head-to-head in a 3-on-3 game will consist of two 10-minute periods, with a running clock. Teams will switch ends after the first period. All penalties will be "served" with a penalty shot being awarded to the player specifically fouled.

Here are the other skills competitions on Friday, which begin at 8 p.m., ET on NBC Sports Network (The All-Star Game is Saturday night at 8 on NBC):

- NHL Fastest Skater
- NHL Save Streak
- Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting
- NHL Hardest Shot

Click here's to watch the skills competition online via the NBC Sports MyTeams app.