After Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli briefed the press on the signing of Jay Pandolfo, he took questions on broader team issues — and gave a familiar answer to one.
It was about the dearth of offensive finish by the team this season. There have been plenty of scoring chances most nights, but rarely the appropriate amount of finish.
“Obviously, we haven’t scored,” Chiarelli said. “We’ve got enough skill to score, so that will come — that will come with the chances. We’ve got to bear down offensively.”
Chiarelli was talking about the season thus far, but his words were certainly fitting for the performance the Bruins delivered last night.
After coming up empty on 25 shots through the first two periods, and being frustrated by the remarkable shot-blocking proclivity of the New York Rangers, who led 3-0 early in the third, it looked as though this would be one of the Bruins’ worst games yet for failing to produce offensively.
Yet there was enough good stuff going on, said defenseman Andrew Ference, that the B’s were determined to stick to the game plan and keep working to the end. You never know, after all, what might happen.
“As frustrating as it (was) to not score until the third, we created quite a bit,” Ference said. “We had enough to draw on to not get too frustrated. We stuck with it. I don’t think we really changed the pace in the third.
“I don’t think it was any special recipe in the third — just guys sticking with the game plan and continuing to work hard.”
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