Bruins Blow Third Period Lead Again, Fall to Leafs on Home Ice

Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand is dropped to the ice in front of Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer on a rough check during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (AP Photo, Charles Krupa)

What is it with this team? One night they look like they can contend in the Eastern Confrence, the next, they look like they don’t even belong in the playoffs. Unfortunately, that was the case Wednesday night at the Garden.

The Bruins (26-18-6) fell to the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday night at the TD Garden 4-3 in overtime, after leading 3-1. Yes, that’s right, the Bruins lost at the Garden, again, in a game in which they were winning, bringing the club to 11-13-3 at the home this year.

“We played on our toes when we scored those quick goals.” David Krejci told reporters after the game. “Then for some reason we started playing on our heels. We didn’t make any good passes on the tape; it felt like we were afraid to do something. So you know it shouldn’t happen but it happened but it’s been happening a lot this year so we have to do something about that.”

Brad Marchand added two and David Krejci one, to give the Bruins a 3-1 lead early in the 3rd period. Only to give up goals to Leo Komarov and Nazem Kadri to send the game to overtime. The Leafs (18-22-9) would add another, the game winner, at the hands of Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau, 3:06 into 3 v 3 overtime.

Blowing leads has been a major problem for this years Bruins team.

Notable loses in which the Bruins have held lead in the 3rd period and couldn’t seal the deal:

Jan. 21: 3-2 loss vs. Flyers

The Bruins held a 2-1 lead over the Philadelphia Flyers, heading into the third period. Only to give up two unanswered from Wayne Simmonds and Mark Streit to lose 3-2.

Dec. 26: 6-3 loss vs. Sabers

David Krejci and the Bruins held a 3-1 10:21 into the 3rd period against the Buffalo Sabers. The Sabers would add five unanswered goals, to beat the Bruins 6-3.

Dec. 4: 5-4 loss vs. Flames

Brad Marchand put the Bruins up 4-3 over the Flames with about a minute remaining, Jiri Hudler would tally a goal with two seconds remaining, to take the game into overtime, where Johnny Gaudreau would add his 9th of the year, to put the Flames past the Bruins.

October 21: 5-4 loss vs. Flyers

The Bruins took a 4-2 lead into the 3rd period, where Wayne Simmonds and Claude Giroux scored two unanswered to send the game into overtime, where Claude Giroux would end the game on the PP, giving the Bruins the overtime loss.

The Bruins are a team that cannot afford to leave points on the table. The team currently holds the first Wild Card spot, with 58 points. If the Bruins hadn’t let up those notable 3rd period leads, they would sit in 3rd place in the Eastern Conference and 2nd in the Atlantic Division with 64 points, but the NHL isn’t a game of “What ifs”

With the second half of the season underway, the Bruins will begin to answer many questions. Are they the 15-5-3 team on the road? Or the 11-13-3 team at home? Or both?

Only time will tell, but with just 32 games remaining for the B’s, time is running short.

The Bruins are off until Thursday, where they take on the Buffalo Sabers. You can catch that game on ESPN New Hampshire, coverage beginning at 6:00 PM with the Bruins Pregame Show LIVE from The Pond Hockey Classic in Meredith, New Hampshire.

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