Toucher & Rich

BOSTON (CBS) – It’s hard to believe the Bruins led 2-0 after the first period Thursday night in San Jose, because the final score was 7-4 in favor of the Sharks, who outscored the B’s 7-2 after the first frame.

“The Bruins thought they were on easy street [after the first period] and they kicked back and the work ethic was gone,” CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty said Friday morning on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich show.

“They basically stopped playing after they went up 2-0 and thought they’d won the game. San Jose made them pay. The Bruins had no fight and no ability to answer back. That’s a troubling sign for a team on the cusp of missing the playoffs.”

This west coast road trip has been disastrous for the Black and Gold, and the B’s only have one more shot to salvage a point on it Saturday night in Arizona.

It obviously hurts (pun intended) having David Krejci (lower body injury) and Zdeno Chara (knee) out of the lineup, but this Bruins team has the potential to be much better than what they’re displaying — team president Cam Neely said as much Thursday afternoon on Felger & Massarotti.

Improvements need to come from within, but they could also come from outside the organization as well, which Neely hinted at yesterday.

General manager Peter Chiarelli has been pretty active in scouting talent; he’s been popping up at different arenas around the country eyeing different players.

“When the GM is on the road watching games in person I think that tells you nearly 100 percent of the time that the team is getting close to making a deal, and the GM just wants to get that last look on the players they’re talking about before they potentially execute a trade,” said Haggerty.

“This west coast trip, and the swing through California, should speed up [Chiarelli’s] urgency, because this is definitely a team in severe need of a transfusion of talent.”

Listen below for the full conversation, including potential moves on the horizon and areas of need:

MORE BRUINS COVERAGE FROM CBS BOSTON

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