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    Bruins searching for answers

    Tim Rosenthal April 25, 2013

    Having lost five of their last six, the Boston Bruins are searching for answers with three games left in the 2013 regular season. They’ll hope to get some of those answers tonight when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning at the TD Garden.

    It’s no secret that Claude Julien is not happy with his club, and finally had enough with the excuses after Tuesday’s embarrassing 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Instead he’ll be looking for solutions to get the Bruins back on track right before the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

    “Let’s stay away from excuses because it’s not going to work. Excuses are a lot of BS right now,” Julien said after Tuesday’s loss. “We have to take responsibility and quit hiding behind those excuses, because it’s a load of crap.”

    The Lightning are coming off a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs last night in Tampa. After giving his team the day off yesterday, Julien hopes his squad can take advantage of a team playing their second game of a back-to-back.

    Gametime: 7:30 p.m.
    Location: TD Garden
    TV/Radio: NESN Plus/98.5 The Sports Hub
    Records: Bruins (27-13-5, 59 points), Lightning (18-24-4, 40 points)

    Bruins’ projected lines

    *Lines subject to change*

    Brad Marchand-Patrice Bergeron-Tyler Seguin
    Milan Lucic-David Krejci-Rich Peverley
    Carl Soderberg-Chris Kelly-Jaromir Jagr
    Daniel Paille-Gregory Campbell-Shawn Thornton

    Zdeno Chara-Dennis Seidenberg
    Andrew Ference-Johnny Boychuk
    Wade Redden-Adam McQuaid

    Tuukka Rask
    Anton Khudobin

    Lightning’s projected lines

    Martin St. Louis-Steven Stamkos-Teddy Purcell
    Alex Killorn-Vincent Lecavalier-Richard Panik
    Pierre-Cedric Labrie-Nate Thompson-B.J. Crombeen
    Benoit Pouliot-Tom Pyatt-Dana Tyrell

    Victor Hedman-Sami Salo
    Matt Carle-Eric Brewer
    Keith Aulie-Radko Gudas

    Ben Bishop
    Anders Lindback

    Bruins to watch

    After scoring his first goal against the Bruins, Wade Redden keeps his spot on the Bruins blue-line for the second straight game. Since Zdeno Chara left Ottawa to come to Boston in the summer of 2006, Redden’s game slipped dramatically – just ask Rangers fans after he signed a massive contract in the summer of 2008. Perhaps his goal is a sign of good things to come for the veteran defenseman, but with a little uncertainty in the playoff roster, Redden will need to build off his performance against Philly. Otherwise, expect Dougie Hamilton to fill out the sixth defensemen spot in the postseason.

    How will Brad Marchand and Tyler Seguin respond after Tuesday? Considering that they sat on the bench during the second period on – and as an added insult lost power play time to Milan Lucic and Gregory Campbell – the two will look to bounce back quickly. The good news, however, is that they are still skating with Patrice Bergeron, so maybe Marchand and Seguin got the message already.

    Lightning to watch

    In a season where the Lightning have seen a coaching change and a goaltending carousel, Martin St. Louis and Steven Stamkos continue to stay atop the scoring race.

    At 37, St. Louis (58 points) is on pace to capture the Art Ross Trophy making him the oldest player to accomplish that feat if he holds on to the scoring lead in the last two games of the season. It’s a good reason why our own Anthony Travalgia labeled him as a finalist for the Hart Trophy on Left Wing Lock.

    With 56 points, Stamkos continues to be a prolific scorer. The 23-year old forward has 29 goals trailing only Alex Ovechkin (31) in the Richard Trophy race given to the league’s top goal scorer. While he’s a minus-7 in 18 career games against the Bruins, Stamkos is averaging a point per game against the Black and Gold tallying 12 goals and six assists. It’s safe to say that he could very well add to those totals against the struggling B’s.

    Bruins linkage

    Three scouts give their take on what’s currently wrong with the Bruins (James Murphy/ESPN Boston).

    The “Traveling Jagr’s” added the Black and Gold to their repertoire (Justin Aucoin/Days of Y’Orr)

    Lightning linkage

    Raw Charge recaps last night’s victory over the Leafs.

    Tweets of interest

    David Krejci is pretty blunt about Tuesday’s loss according to Joe Haggerty.

    Here’s another example on how powerless the Bruins’ power play really is via @sens_adnan

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    Tim Rosenthal

    Tim Rosenthal serves as the Managing Editor of Bruins Daily. He started contributing videos to the site in 2010 before fully coming on board during the Bruins' Stanley Cup run in 2011. His bylines over the last decade have been featured on Boston.com, FoxSports.com, College Hockey News, Patch and Inside Hockey. You can follow Tim on Twitter @_TimRosenthal.


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