The Bruins dropped a 2-1 game to Tampa Bay last night, getting a late goal from Marco Sturm (his team-leading 12th, which isn't even in the top-50), but couldn't overcome an uneven performance, including a lousy second period that saw them outshot 23-6.
As I said yesterday, the only good news is that Tampa Bay keeps Toronto down in the standings, and has put together a nice little win streak after stuggling horribly this month.
The Americans are back in action against the moribund Latvian squad at the World Jr. Championship today at 4 pm.
Trap game alert! Trap game alert!
USA looked solid in wins over Slovakia and Switzerland, so they really need to set the tone against Latvia for their Thursday showdown with Canada, who cruised with another shutout over the Swiss who were also blanked by USA.
Latvia was crushed by Canada and lost to Slovakia, so it's no contest on paper, but the games aren't played on paper, are they?
The Americans need to make sure they play their game and do not look past the Latvians toward the herculean challenge of Canada on New Year's Eve.
NHL Network has the coverage in the U.S.