By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
A return to TD Garden has not been the cure to the Bruins’ woes, as the Black and Gold suffered their third straight loss on Boston ice behind Saturday’s 4-3 overtime final against the Predators.
Sent to overtime thanks to Patrice Bergeron’s game-tying goal scored with just 1:05 remaining in the third period, a poor bounce off a referee’s skate on a rush on Jaroslav Halak allowed Ryan Ellis an uncontested between-the-dots look that the Nashville defenseman capitalized on for the game-winning goal at the 4:05 mark of the extra frame.
“I mean you look at it – we shouldn’t have gone into the pile,” Cassidy said of the game-deciding goal on Halak, good for Boston’s eighth loss in their last nine games. “[Marchand] originally, right, he got caught, but on the way back, that puck is coming around the boards and hits the ref, and who knows, I might be talking about having a nice play to win the game because we’re going the other way and they’re stuck, but not the way it worked out.”
It was a rough night in the Boston net crease for Halak, as he allowed more than a couple stoppable shots, from Roman Josi’s backhander to the third-period adventure that gave Josi an open net for his second of the night.
“I’ve tried to be honest up here. I believe we have two number ones in there, but those were three goals that were very savable,” said Cassidy. “Pucks that probably shouldn’t end up in your net. So a little bit of that is our goaltenders have to push through that right now. We’re not scoring that much, or we’ve got to start scoring more, finishing some plays to allow them to play out. It’s one or the other if you want to get in the win column.”
With the loss, the Bruins dropped to just 2-9 in the extra session this season.
The Bruins will look to get back on track on Monday night against the NHL-best Capitals.