Boychuk On Toucher & Rich: What’s To Blame For Third Period Losses?
The Bruins are looking to snap a two game losing streak as the visit the Ottawa Senators tonight.
Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk joined Ryan Johnston and WBZ-TV’s Dan Roche, who were filling in for Toucher & Rich, to discuss the struggles the team is having closing teams out in the third period, dealing with injuries and the season being more than half over.
Last season the Bruins were 32-0-0 when leading after two periods and 38-0-0 in games they led by two or more goals at any time. This season the B’s have a 9-4-1 record when leading after two periods. Why is this team having trouble closing team out at the end of games?
“I’m not sure, it just seems like we let teams back into it when before we would just push on the pedal and and go after the teams.”
Is it a case of players getting away from Claude Julien’s system late into games or just poor play and mistakes?
“I think it’s a combination of things, having some turnovers at the blue line and losing a couple battles. There’s a combination of things.”
Injuries are starting to pile up for the B’s, so far they have lost Chris Kelly to a broken left tibia, Adam McQuaid to a strained left shoulder and David Krejci to a injury to his right leg. How does the team deal with losing guys in the middle of games?
Plus with the shortened season how does it feel having more than half the season over and starting to focus on the playoffs?