When two points are as hard to come by as it has been for the Bruins this season, the same narrative gets worn out.
The Bruins’ effort was good, but not good enough to win.
It was the same story Saturday afternoon, as the Bruins watched a one-goal lead evaporate in the third period and turn into a 3-2 overtime loss against the Senators at TD Garden.
There were times when it appeared as if the Bruins had the game in the bag, most notably when they killed a five-on-three Ottawa power play for the second time in the game, this one past the midway point of the third period, with the Bruins protecting a 2-1 lead.
But ultimately the Bruins came up short. A shot deflected off Ottawa center Mike Hoffman’s skate to tie the score, and Bobby Ryan delivered the winner 44 seconds into overtime.
Bruins coach Claude Julien chose his words carefully after the game, focusing on the team’s effort, which he called good enough to win.
In the opposing locker room, Ryan acknowledged the Bruins outplayed the Senators most of the game.
Yet after another overtime loss and getting one point when the Bruins should have had two, frustration appears to be mounting.
Bruins defensemen Torey Krug said talk is cheap when the results aren’t good enough.
“We’re a team right now that is on the outside looking in,” Krug said of the Bruins, who fell to 10th in the Eastern Conference standings.
“We can talk about the effort and look at what guys are doing all game, but we can’t be satisfied with that. We’re upset we don’t get the results because that’s what we demand out of ourselves and out of this team and the guys in this locker room.
“We bring that effort to most games and it’s well known our team works hard and competes hard, so when you don’t get those bounces you think sometimes you deserve, it’s easy to get down on yourself. But you have to make sure we bring everything to get those two points.’’
For Krug, helping his team get two points Sunday against the Hurricanes means continuing to play the way he’s been playing lately.
Krug scored a power-play goal in the second period to erase a 1-0 Ottawa lead.
The Senators were called for having too many men on the ice and Krug made them pay, hammering David Krejci’s one-timer off the post and past Craig Anderson, who was screened by Zdeno Chara, with 3:38 to play in the period.
The goal gave Krug five in his last 13 games.
Krug also scored the tying goal Wednesday to force overtime against the Maple Leafs, which ended in a shootout loss for the Bruins.
The 23-year-old defenseman said his confidence has been up and he’s felt better since Krejci’s return last month.
“I think it’s just confidence to be honest, having Krejci back is a big help for myself, but also for the team,” Krug said.
“He just slows the game down, he makes the easy plays, and he can make the hard plays, too, when they’re there, so it’s a combination of those things.”
Once Krejci gathered the puck on blue line and saw Chara in front, he never hesitated to get the puck to Krug, who was waiting at the top of the left faceoff circle.
“We had some pretty good chemistry last year on the power play, and this year I was hurt, so I feel we’re clicking again on the back end and making some plays,” Krejci said.
“Sometimes we don’t score, but the communication, the chemistry, I feel like it’s there. It’s fun to play with a player like [Krug]. He’s smart and has a good shot and hopefully we’ll be putting the pucks in more often. He knows where to put himself in position to score a goal.”