The eruption was both primal and completely understandable.

With the final seconds ticking off the clock in the Bruins' 2-0 loss to a bad Minnesota Wild team Sunday in St. Paul, Minn., Milan Lucic whacked his stick three times against the boards before shattering it in disgust.

It was a display of raw emotion that was emblematic of the way the entire team is feeling. Going into tonight's matchup against a good St. Louis Blues team, the B's have been shut out four times in their last nine games and have just three regulation wins in their last 16.