The Bruins have hit the point where losses feel downright alien.
On the wrong end of a 3-2 final Thursday night at TD Garden, the Black and Gold’s letdown against the Oilers marked just their third regulation loss of the 2023 calendar year at home, and their first since last month’s setback against the Capitals. The defeat also put an end to Boston’s 10-game win streak, and came with some sharp criticism from Bruins head Jim Montgomery, or about as sharp as it can be following a streak-snapping defeat.
“We were a very noncompetitive team offensively tonight, I guess is the best way to say it,” Montgomery, who also noted that he was out-coached by the Oilers’ Jay Woodcroft in the loss, said after the defeat. “Turning down shots, not driving to hard areas, not winning enough battles to create o-zone time. It’s a good lesson for us to learn.”
The B’s loss also came with Connor McDavid held off the score sheet completely for just the seventh time all season, and it marked just the second win for the 2022-23 Oilers when No. 97 went without a point. That’s either an added kick in the pants or a silver lining, depending on your point of view, I’d imagine.
Here are the 98.5 The Sports Hub (dot com) 3 Stars of the game from a loss at TDG…