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Buffalo Sabres News » News » Boston Bruins Inside Shots 2008-11-17
Boston Bruins Inside Shots 2008-11-17
Boston Bruins Inside Shots 2008-11-17
No one has to tell the Bruins how close they came to running their winning streak to six games in New York Saturday night. But when it ended, when a 2-0 third-period lead was squandered and the game was lost in a shootout, defenseman Dennis Wideman put the picture into perspective.

"We've got to be happy with (one point)," Wideman said. "If you would have told me at the start of this week we were going to get five out of six (points) against Chicago, New York and Montreal, I think we probably would have taken that."

The B's, who steam into Toronto Monday night, won at Chicago in a shootout last Wednesday night and then blasted the hated Habs in Boston Thursday. Then came the slight letdown Saturday night, but this team is still 10-3-4 on the season and still in first place in the Northeast Division.

Now, the Bruins have to do without defenseman Andrew Ference, who will be out 6-8 weeks because of a broken leg. He's probably their second-best defenseman and perhaps has been better than anyone so far this season. And Monday night starts a week that calls for four games in six nights. It will be interesting to see if the club makes a move to bring in some help on the backline.

"We're going to miss him in all areas," says fellow defenseman Mark Stuart.

RANGERS 3, BRUINS 2 (SO): Bruins coach Claude Julien wasn't happy with the way his team moved the puck Saturday night in New York, especially in the third period.

That was when what easily could have been the Bruins' sixth straight win got away. The Rangers scored two late goals and then won a four-round shootout, with Tim Thomas getting beat by Chris Drury for the only goal.

"We've gotta get some better puck movement from our back end and our forwards," Julien said after the game.

Defensemen Zdeno Chara and Dennis Wideman (shorthanded) scored the goals to build the 2-0 lead but the Bruins had all kinds of trouble getting out of their zone in the third period and the lead disappeared, the Rangers tying it with goalie Henrik Lundqvist pulled.

"We seemed to be back on our heels a little bit in the third period," said Julien. "We didn't seem to get a break, either."

He was talking about penalties he saw and the referees did not.

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