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Talking Points: Bruins' middle lines invisible in loss to Devils

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Talking Points: Bruins' middle lines invisible in loss to Devils

GOLD STAR: Blake Coleman had a number of scoring chances stymied by Jaroslav Halak in the first period, but he finally broke through in the second period with a goal that finally broke the ice for New Jersey.

Coleman finished off a Nikita Gusev pass from the face-off circle after the Bruins didn’t get a puck deep into the New Jersey zone and things immediately started moving right back toward them in the defensive zone. Coleman finished with five shots on net and eight shot attempts overall and finished plus-1 overall in 19:01 of ice time.

Coleman has played some very good games against the B’s over the years and this becomes another of those to put in the collection.

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BLACK EYE: The Bruins have a number of supporting forwards who were in the lineup against the Devils due to injury and opportunity, and none of them did anything worth a damn against New Jersey.

David Backes earned just 7:57 of ice time. Brett Ritchie had one shot on net and no hits while doing nothing in the offensive end and bringing no physicality to the table whatsoever. The B’s third line didn’t register anything at all. Par Lindholm got to play in place of the injured David Krejci and had another near-invisible performance with no shots on net in 11:42 of ice time.

The Bruins got goals from the top line and from their fourth line and got literally zilch from everybody on the middle lines. They can take a share of the blame for the loss.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins went up 2-0 in the second period and then they simply took the foot off the gas pedal. It was as simple as that.

Once they eased up and stopped playing with any intensity, intelligence or energy, the Devils picked up on that and had to erase just a two-goal deficit to at least force it to overtime and the shootout.

Once it became a 2-1 game headed into the third period and the Devils were amidst a 20-minute stretch where they outshot the B’s by a 19-5 stretch, it seemed fairly inevitable that New Jersey was going to tie the game. They did and then they just waited it out until the shootout where the Bruins are a pathetic 0-6 on the season.

In the end the B’s, gave up 44 shots to the Devils and that’s because they didn’t play hard at all in the second half of the game.

HONORABLE MENTION: Jaroslav Halak made 42 saves during regulation and overtime, and then extended well into the shootout ranks by playing some excellent hockey between the pipes for the Bruins.

None of the goals allowed could really be blamed on him, and instead he gave the Bruins a chance to win the game despite them not really deserving it in front of him. Halak nearly held in there for the regulation win too while making 18 saves alone in the third period, but a tipped point shot ended up getting past him for the game-tying strike and pushed things into overtime.

Still, the B’s don’t even salvage a point in this game if Halak wasn’t brilliant for 60 plus minutes.

BY THE NUMBERS: 2-1-3 — the B’s record against the last place teams in the NHL with losses to the Red Wings, Devils, Kings and Blackhawks.

QUOTE TO NOTE: “At the end of the day, I don’t know if it was energy or if we just didn’t manage pucks starting in the second period and it started snowballing on us. We probably got what we deserved in the end. We just gave up some easy opportunities to the other team.” –Bruce Cassidy, on NESN regarding what went wrong after the B’s had built a 2-0 lead in the game.

Santa or Charlie McAvoy? Bruins dress up, spread holiday cheer in annual hospital visits

Santa or Charlie McAvoy? Bruins dress up, spread holiday cheer in annual hospital visits

While the Boston Bruins fell to the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday night 4-3 in overtime, that certainly didn't put a damper on their very important Wednesday afternoon plans.

The B's made their annual hospital visits Wednesday to spread some holiday cheer, and their costumes did not disappoint. Check out some of the highlights from the event below. 

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PATRICE BERGERON A HUMAN CHRISTMAS TREE? CHRIS WAGNER AS FROSTY THE SNOWMAN

BERGERON'S PARTNER IN CRIME, BRAD MARCHAND, ALSO A CHRISTMAS TREE AND IS ALL SMILES

UPDATE: THE CHRISTMAS TREE IS GREAT AT AIR HOCKEY

JAKE DEBRUSK MAKES A VERY GOOD SANTA

RING TOSS ON PAR LINDHOLM'S ANTLERS

WAGNER TAKES PLAYFUL SHOT AT MCAVOY'S WEIGHT?

UPDATE TO THE UPDATE: THE CHRISTMAS TREE ALSO LIKES CHECKERS

DAVID BACKES AND BRANDON CARLO ALSO CHRISTMAS TREES

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Par Lindholm, Bruins lose yet another goal in controversial call

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Par Lindholm, Bruins lose yet another goal in controversial call

BOSTON – Maybe you’ve heard this one before, but the Bruins were robbed of another goal on Sunday night.

Certainly it wasn’t the only reason they were trailing 2-0 to the Philadelphia Flyers after two periods of play as they were outshot by a 20-10 margin over that span. But the game could have been a little closer after it appeared that Par Lindholm had scored his second goal of the season after crashing the net and pushing a puck past the goal line after a Connor Clifton net drive.

Instead, there was no whistle on the ice, no definitive call as to what had actually happened and no penalty called on the play with plenty of contact in the crease area. Instead it went to a video review for three minutes in the middle of the second period and an announcement was made to the crowd that it was ruled “no goal” with zero further explanation from the referee crew of Francis Charron and Garret Rank.

Later the NHL released an explanation from the Situation Room and it appears that either Clifton or Zach Senyshyn was called for goalie interference on Carter Hart that eventually led to the puck going over the goal line. According to the NHL press release, “The Situation Room initiated a video review after the puck crossed the Philadelphia goal line. The Referee informed the Situation Room he had no goal on the ice due to goaltender interference.”

It wasn’t quite the back-breaking no-goal call that the Bruins suffered in Montreal when a Charlie Coyle third period goal was overturned by a coach’s challenge, but it’s certainly another log on the fire to a Bruins fan base that feels like they’ve been on the short end of the stick with the no-goal calls this season.

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