The Bruins began a three-game homestand with a 3-0 loss to Ottawa on Tuesday, their fifth shutout loss of the season and third during their nine-game home winless streak (0-5-4).
Boston last won at home on Nov. 20, 3-2 over Washington. The Bruins have not struggled this badly in Boston since going 0-4-4-1 from Dec. 21, 1999-Jan. 24, 2000.
“We’re squeezing our sticks harder here,” Bruins captain Joe Thornton said. “We’re a lot more freewheeling on the road.”
The Bruins have scored 10 goals during their nine-game skid, and more than one in just two games during that span.
In Tuesday’s loss, Boston went without a power-play goal for the fourth straight game, finishing 0-for-5 overall. The Bruins managed just 13 shots over the final two periods, including just four in the third, and allowed their eighth short-handed goal of the season, second in the league.
“It’s frustrating, without a doubt,” Bruins coach Mike Sullivan said. “We’re not in this to lose, we’re in this to win. We’re looking to get into the win column on a consistent basis. Our scorers right now are having trouble finding the back of the net. We just have to continue to fight through it.”
Owen Nolan snapped a nine-game scoreless streak with two goals in the third period.
“I feel I need to go to the net and create space,” Nolan said. “I’ve had some opportunities and I haven’t scored. But I’m just trying to contribute any way I can.”
The Maple Leafs have won the last three meetings with the Bruins, including a 6-0 victory at FleetCenter on Dec. 4. Belfour is 13-4-3 with four shutouts lifetime against Boston.