BOSTON -- The TD Garden has become a house of horrors for the Bruins, both because of their awful play on their home ice and the reaction of their fans to what they're seeing.
"I don’t think at this point we know how to win, especially at home," center David Krejci said after the Bruins remained winless at the Garden in 2010 with a 4-1 loss to Montreal. "I think we had a pretty good road trip, the last four games [before the Olympic break], and we felt pretty good about ourselves.
"But it’s very tough to play here, especially when we want to do so good for the fans because they’ve been so great. But when they start booing when it’s 1-1, it doesn’t help. It’s not very comfortable when you play at home and you know that they don’t like you or they boo you. It’s not very nice. So it’s in the back of your head.
"I guess it is what it is. I guess we’ve got to earn their respect again and that’s what it is."
Never mind earning respect. How about winning a game?
The Bruins haven’t won a home game since the Winter Classic at Fenway Park on New Year's Day and haven’t won in the Garden since Dec. 30. Their 0-7-3 stretch on home ice is the second-longest home winless streak in team history. The 1924-25 Bruins -- Boston's first season in the NHL -- went 0-11-0 from Dec. 6 until Feb. 17 of that season.
"You look at your home record, which hasn’t been good as of late, but again some of those games that we played, I thought against Washington, against Vancouver, we played well and we really should have won those kind of games," said coach Claude Julien. "So it’s not so much about playing well at home."
Whether you want to say the Bruins have played well or stunk up the joint is irrelevant. Teams that squander so many points on home ice typically don’t get to rectify their situation in the playoffs because they wind up watching at home.