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Bruins losing their way in third

Repeated failures to protect late leads disturbing turn for Boston

Updated: March 21, 2013, 9:24 AM ET
By Joe McDonald | ESPNBoston.com

When the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup in 2011, their championship was built on defense.

It started with goaltender Tim Thomas, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy, and worked its way through the Bruins' defensive corps. The team produced enough offensively to claim its first Cup in 39 years.

The Bruins' defense was their driving force again last season, during which they were 32-0-0 when leading after two periods (Thomas was in goal for 24 of those games). They also were ...

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