Bruins in need of a spark

Updated: October 28, 2011, 3:15 PM ET
By Craig Custance

Winnipeg's wild win in Philadelphia did more than just humble Ilya Bryzgalov. Combined with Montreal's 2-1 win over the Bruins on Thursday night, it placed the reigning Stanley Cup champions alone in last place in the Eastern Conference with six points. They have just three wins in nine games.

A Bruins team that was so resilient last season still hasn't found a way to play 60 minutes of focused hockey. There have been flashes. They looked good at times last weekend against the Sharks, especially Tyler Seguin's line. And Thursday night, the Bruins came out flying in the first period, outshooting the Canadiens 10-6 and grabbing an early lead on a fluke goal by Patrice Bergeron off a faceoff that Carey Price called the most embarrassing of his career.

"I just Bill Bucknered it," Price said, recalling another painful time in Boston sports history. "I was thinking the entire time -- I didn't want that to be the winning goal."

With the way the Bruins are playing, he didn't have to worry. They failed to show up in the second period, and the Canadiens seized control of the game. And now, it's last place for the champs as the final weekend of hockey in October closes in. That's a start worse than anyone imagined would happen.