By Kevin Flanagan
BSD Bruins Senior Staff Writer
The pre-Christmas crash that head coach Bruce Cassidy’s team has been on since the calendar flipped to the most wonderful month of the year some three weeks ago, continued on Causeway Street on Saturday night when his crew dropped yet another overtime game at TD Garden 4-3 to the Nashville Predators, despite entering the 3rd period with a 2-1 lead.
The early present to the Preds marked their 8th loss in their last 11 contests – their third consecutive at home in overtime – after what was a remarkable first start during the first two months of the season. And while they still hold a 9 point lead over the second-place Toronto Maple Leafs – who are 7-3 in the last 10 games – there shouldn’t be much solace taken from that, given the fact that the entire month of December has basically been one giant brain fart.
We’re talking a night full of drinking draft beer and having the Uber stop at Taco Bell and consuming the entire left side of the menu type of stench.
It’s the type of flatulence that is fatal to house plants and small pets.
While the hot wind coming out of the mouths of those who occupy the dolled up dressing room next to the North End is whistling a tune that most Bruins fans want to hear, their wayward execution for such an extended period of time is becoming worrisome.
As the overbearing afternoon drive sports radio show would egotistically say – that’s fact, not opinion.
When asked whether he sees his team showing signs in body language and vocally being sick of losing, Cassidy said, “Yes, both of those.”
He added, “I don’t see a negative in the room in terms of blaming each other or lack of effort in practice, lack of compete to come back, I don’t see that, but I just see that they’re getting frustrated with not being able to get into the winner’s circle. Especially with these overtimes and two one-goal games in Washington and Tampa, better efforts that haven’t resulted in wins.”
The guy his players call Butch got a bit uncharacteristically snippy when asked about second-line center David Krejci being staples to the bench in OT, curtly saying, “We went with six other guys.”
The narrative of “a dip in a long season” or the “dog days of December in the NHL” are no longer acceptable when it comes to the play of a team that made it to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final and are expected to be a favorite to play deep into the spring this year as well.
For the last month, the Bruins have played at or below the level of inferior opponents for extended portions of games. If they continue to do so, that will likely bite them in their Black and Gold ass when the stretch run comes after the first of the year.
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