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Bruins can’t break from recent doldrums – Boston Herald

If the Bruins ever believed they were good enough to win on half-measures and lukewarm efforts, then the last week should have disabused them of that notion.

On Thursday night at the Garden, they faced a last-placed New Jersey Devils team that had won just three road games all year, was giving up more than three and a half goals a game and was missing its best player in Taylor Hall. And rather stunningly, the B’s lost 5-2 in a game they were chasing from the first minute.

What’s even more distressing is that this homely defeat comes after they were sent on their three-day Christmas break with a loss to another team they should have beaten, the Carolina Hurricanes, who even spotted them a 2-0 lead before the B’s handed them the game.

In some ways, you could have predicted an uneven game from the B’s on Thursday. Not only were were re-incorporating three important players – Zdeno Chara, Kevan Miller and Jake DeBrusk – whose recent inactivity was obvious, but there can be a tendency for some teams who have overachieved during a period of injuries to lose their edge when those key players return.

Coach Bruce Cassidy sensed there was some of that happening.

“That could have come into play,” Cassidy said. “To me, there’s three or four things and you certainly look at that. Guys think, ‘OK, we just have to get out there and it’s going to happen for us.’ Those guys had some rust in their games, clearly, obviously. Every guy that misses that much time. There may have been a little bit of that. I hope not. Just give (the Devils) credit. They came out and played their game much better than us early on. … A break here and there and the game evens out and who knows where it goes from there. But we’re chasing it the whole night. And when you’re chasing it, you usually end up not catching it. That’s just the way it works in this league.”

The loss to Carolina should have prevented such a performance. And while the laws of human nature might say the B’s were susceptible to a letdown, Patrice Bergeron said that should not have happened.

“Quite the contrary, I think you’re hoping to get a lift (from the returning players),” said Bergeron, himself in just his third game back from missing a month. “There’s a lot of things I can sit here and talk about, but the bottom line is we need to be a lot better.”

The B’s did find themselves down 2-0 in the first period through some odd circumstances. On the first goal 25 seconds in, Brad Marchand was shaken up in an offensive zone draw and made his way slowly to the bench and by the time his replacement Danton Heinen made it onto the ice, Devils defenseman Damon Severson was allowed to walk unguarded into the right circle for the first goal. Jersey took a 2-0 lead later in the period when a rebound went in past Jaroslav Halak off Brandon Carlo on a Devils power play.

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