BOSTON (CBS) – The Bruins are .500 in their last ten games and added to that mediocrity tonight by losing at home 4-3 to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Adam Jones came on the air afterwards and gave his three best and three worst takeaways following the loss, in a segment we call “Plus/Minus.”
– The Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand and Reilly Smith line came ready to play and helped contribute two goals in the first period.
– After the Bruins were down 4-2, Gregory Campbell and “the energy line” cut the lead in half midway through the third.
– Shawn Thornton made his 2014 TD Garden debut and dropped the gloves against the Leafs’ Frazer McLaren after serving a 15-game suspension. Thornton was given a standing ovation as he skated over to the penalty box.
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– Tuukka Rask: the struggle continues for the 26-year-old goaltender, who gave up a pair of awful glove-side goals Tuesday night, with one of them coming on the power play.
– Special teams, more specifically the penalty kill. Two power play goals allowed tonight makes ten in the eight games since they lost Seidenberg for the season.
– The invisible third line: Loui Eriksson had just one shot on goal. Ryan Spooner also had just one shot, and won just one of five faceoffs. Carl Soderberg didn’t have a shot on goal, and his bad penalty led to the second Tyler Bozak goal.
With the loss, the Bruins are now tied with Tampa Bay for first place in the Atlantic Division.
Adam Jones also spoke with Dave Goucher and Bob Beers of the Boston Bruins Radio Network, who offered their insight and analysis on what contributed to the loss.
Listen to the postgame analysis below: