The Boston Bruins’ recent cold streak has gone from bad to worse.
After losing consecutive games in regulation for the first time all season last week, the Bruins have now lost three in a row for the first time after dropping an ugly 5-2 decision to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday at Nationwide Arena. The Jackets out-shot the B’s 41-33 on the night, while Bruins goaltenders Jeremy Swayman and Linus Ullmark combined for a subpar .900 save percentage.
Ill-timed turnovers, sloppy puck management, and shaky defense – both on rushes and in coverage in their own end – plagued the Bruins throughout the night, and the Blue Jackets took full advantage. The Bruins are still 14-4-3 on the season, but their Eastern Conference gap has shrunk. They’re now tied with the New York Rangers for the most points in the conference.
Bruins-Blue Jackets Highlights
Most of the first period went without a score, but the Jackets drew first blood late. Rookie forward Dmitri Voronkov made a great individual effort to break free from Bruins defenseman Derek Forbort, then squeak a shot through Swayman’s pad at the short-side post, putting the Blue Jackets up 1-0.
Dmitri Voronkov gets one off the pad of Jeremy Swayman to make it 1-0 Jackets! 🚨 pic.twitter.com/1IAWOdh0Cv— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) November 28, 2023
The biggest play for the Bruins in the first period came in goal, when Swayman stopped Johnny Gaudreau on a breakaway. Columbus out-shot Boston 13-11 in the period, in addition to the one-goal advantage.
Jeremy Swayman makes the stop on Johnny Gaudreau. pic.twitter.com/lIoevKtMOw— Conor Ryan (@ConorRyan_93) November 28, 2023