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The number keeps sliding down the NHL rankings. When the Bruins headed to California last week, they had the fifth-best penalty kill in the league at an excellent 85.3 percent. Now, four games later, Boston is 12th, at a mediocre 82.8 percent.
It is a fall that has had serious ramifications for Boston, now tied with Tampa Bay at the top of the Atlantic Division, as it has allowed six power play goals in its last four games, including two to doom them in a 4-3 loss to Toronto Tuesday night at the TD Garden.
“It’s always been a huge part of our game, and it’s allowed us to win a lot of games,” Brad Marchand said. “Right now, we’re not doing our job and we’re letting our team down by giving up so many goals. If we’re going to start winning more games, we’ve got to do a better job.