The Boston Bruins are experiencing a losing streak.
Yes, you read that correctly.
After getting out to the fastest start in NHL history, the Bruins have stumbled a bit over their last three games. Boston suffered its third consecutive loss at the hands of the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday, but the 4-1 defeat drew anything but a hasty reaction from head coach Jim Montgomery.
“You look at adversity as an opportunity to grow and get better,” Montgomery said, as seen on NESN’s postgame coverage. “Once we come out of this, we’re going to be a better group. We’re going to be more resilient and we’re going to be a little bit tougher.”
While Boston’s bench boss isn’t overreacting, Montgomery is aware that the Bruins have some legit competition.
“I think (our) problem was the Carolina Hurricanes,” Montgomery said. “I thought they checked us right out of the rink. Give them credit. They competed hard, they really checked well and they caused a lot of turnovers that led to odd-man rushes. Two of their goals they got because of turnovers.”
Here are more notes from Sunday’s Bruins-Hurricanes game:
— The Bruins went 0-for-4 with a man advantage against Carolina, bringing their streak to 11 consecutive power play opportunities without a goal. The streak drew questions about what Boston might do to remedy its issues.
“I think we just need a little bit of rest,” Montgomery said postgame. “I’m not worried about our power play. Our players are too talented and too competitive.”
— Pavel Zacha’s third-period goal broke an impressive streak for Hurricanes goaltender Frederik Anderson, who hadn’t allowed a goal against the Bruins for 152 consecutive minutes, according to Ty Anderson of 98.5 The Sports Hub.
— The Bruins will cap off a five-game road trip when they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. ET from Scotiabank Arena. You can watch the game, plus an hour of pregame coverage, on NESN.