After logging a -3 during Sunday's 3-0 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals, Bruins captain Zdeno Chara acknowledged the root of the team's troubles was simple: inconsistency.
"We need to have a 60-minute game... we need more consistency; play more consistent," said Chara. "Obviously, (goaltender Cam) Ward played well for them, but we need to find a way to score goals."
After starting the playoffs with five straight dominating efforts, the Bruins appeared to take their foot off the accelerator in the second period and Carolina made them pay. The Hurricanes struck for two goals and Ward made 36 stops overall to make it stand up.
The Bruins caught a break when Chad LaRose's late second-period blast danced on the goal line, but never crossed it, keeping it a two-goal contest. But even that jolt of momentum couldn't lift the home squad in the third frame.
"We knew that we had to pick it up," said Chara. "We played much better, obviously, in the third period, but, in the playoffs, you have to bring 60 minutes each night; 40 is not good enough."