Clinching a berth in the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs will have to wait another day for Jim Montgomery and the Bruins.
On TD Garden ice with a chance to clinch (though they’d need a little help around the league on the Thursday slate), the Bruins instead blew a 2-0 lead, and it was Edmonton defenseman Darnell Nurse’s seeing-eye sinker with just under five minutes remaining in the third period that proved to the difference maker in a 3-2 final.
“We were a very noncompetitive team offensively tonight, I guess is the best way to say it,” Montgomery said after the loss, which put an end to the B’s 10-game win streak. “Turning down shots, not driving to hard areas, not winning enough battles to create O-zone time. So it’s a good lesson for us to learn, because they played well.”
“We just we didn’t execute when we needed to,” said Brad Marchand.