Patric Hornqvist, Conor Sheary, and Sidney Crosby combined for three goals in five minutes early in the third period and wiped the floor with the Bruins for Boston´s fourth loss in as many games.

Despite what head coach Claude Julien calls ¨shock journalism¨, there has been no change at the helm and no vote of confidence from President Cam Neely or General Manager Don Sweeney.

With a busy week ahead featuring visits from the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins, now might not be the best time to part ways and bring in a new coach.

However, the Bruins must find some way to stop the skid that has led to them being outscored 16-6 in the last four games.

Sunday´s game saw some of the old same problems for Boston. They again struggled against a top line with Bryan Rust, Sidney Crosby or Conor Sheary involved on four of five goals. They lost the hits battle again, although by a slim margin of 33-30.

Despite winning the majority of face-offs and putting nine more shots on goal than the Penguins, Boston did not give Matt Murray any trouble in the net, scoring just once on 45 shots.

Zach McIntrye relieved Tuukka Rask midway through the second, but both goalies put in subpar shifts, allowing three and two goals, respectively.

It is hard to know where to put the blame on this team so far this season, but the problem lies in a base that is getting older while the young players are not easily stepping into their new roles.

Frank Vatrano has perhaps been moved to the first line too early in his first full season with the first team. The hometown kid has spent a lot time out of the lineup this year with injuries and should probably be eased into play rather than getting big minutes with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.

New signees such as Tim Schaller and Dominic Moore have underperformed. Players who have been with the team longer such as Ryan Spooner, Riley Nash or Matt Beleskey have also been subpar with the latter two only scoring two goals each so far this season.

With the trade deadline just over a month away, the Bruins have several decisions to make. They certainly need help on both wings and should make a move either in player personnel or at the coaching helm in the coming days.

Some suggest waiting until February 12th, the start of a bye week for Boston to make any major changes. However, with playoff hopes dwindling the Bruins have little time to make these decisions and avoid a major skid. The team must choose whether to buy or sell approaching the trade deadline and whether to keep or fire ten year coach Claude Julien.

About The Author

Patrick English
Soccer/NHL Writer

Patrick English is a soccer and NHL writer for The Sports Blaze, focusing primarily on La Liga and the Premier League. Originally from Richmond, Virginia, Patrick works full time as an English teacher at a secondary school north of Madrid, Spain. He is an avid Boston sports fan, which he inherited from his maternal grandmother, and also follows Liverpool FC and Atletico Madrid. He spends most of his free time playing and watching sports, but also enjoys reading and listening to electronic music. He also has a knack for acquiring nicknames over the years and his favorites are ¨Nick Nack¨, ¨Party City¨ and ¨penglish¨. Follow him on twitter @penglish156 or contact him at patrick.english1007@gmail.com

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