Live NHL: Bruins at Islanders

by | February 17, 2011 at 12:31 PM | Sports

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The Bruins’ play of late has drawn the ire of coach Claude Julien.

On Tuesday, Boston was in control of Toronto with a 3-2 lead and less than seven minutes to play. But that lead quickly evaporated when the Leafs scored two unanswered goals, including one with a 1:01 remaining, to win the game 4-3. Julien called the third period collapse “unacceptable” and “one of those situations where if you have any sense of pride, you’re embarrassed[.]“

After surrendering 20 goals in four games, Boston is no longer the NHL’s stingiest team. More importantly, they’ve watched a four-point cushion over the Canadiens vanish and are now tied with Montreal atop the Northeast Division.

“I think it’s important to take a step back and look at what we need to rectify,” Julien told the team’s official website. “Obviously, we have quite a few games coming up and haven’t had the opportunity to practice as well as we have.”

A six-game road trip could be just what the doctor ordered. The Bruins are 15-12-3 at the TD Garden, but they’re 16-7-4 on the road. Tonight they face the 21-29-7 New York Islanders, one of only eight teams yet to reach 60 points.

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