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The Bruins gave up four power-play goals. They had to stare down a late-game six-on-three situation when Torey Krug (high-sticking double minor) and Patrice Bergeron (delay of game) were parked in the penalty box. After taking a 3-1 lead into the second period, the Bruins eased off the gas.
But those weren’t the primary reasons the Bruins dropped a 4-3 game on Saturday to New Jersey, which had entered TD Garden with just one other win.
The Bruins had far too many passengers hitching on for a free ride.
“Tonight, we had one line going,” said coach Claude Julien, referring to his first unit of Milan Lucic, David Krejci, and Jarome Iginla. “We needed more. Too many mediocre guys.”