The Bruins were officially eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Saturday night, ending a streak of seven consecutive seasons reaching the postseason.
Headed into their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the B’s needed not only a win but a Pittsburgh Penguins loss to the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo. The Pens won that game 2-0 with the Bruins still playing the third period in Tampa. That result meant Boston would miss the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-2007 season. Having already been eliminated by virtue of the Pittsburgh win, the Bruins were defeated by the Lightning in a shootout.
“Everybody’s pretty down right now,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said, via the team’s official Twitter account. “When you don’t make the playoffs, as you know, you’ve failed”
Losses to the Washington Capitals on Wednesday and the Florida Panthers on Thursday took the Bruins’ playoff fate out of their hands. The Bruins scored just four total goals combined in three losses to conclude the season.