By losing to the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden Sunday night, the Bruins fell from second to fourth in the Eastern Conference and failed to win the Northeast Division.
We’ve all been there.
A fit of anger or weariness at the end of a long day leads to a tweet or a Facebook posting that you immediately want to not just delete but pull back so no one else can see it.
That the Bruins beat Tampa Bay, 2-0, Thursday night was important for the club’s attempt to win the Northeast Division and finish second in the Eastern Conference.
The Bruins continue to hold their own fate in their hands with two games remaining in the season. If the Bruins get three of four points, they win the division regardless of what Montreal does in its last game against Toronto Saturday.
Mired in a 1-4-1 slump over their last six, there’s no doubt the Bruins would like nothing more than to play a quality game Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning at TD Garden.
After all, the playoffs are less than a week away. The Bruins don’t need the two points in the standings as much as they need a little momentum at the tail end of this regular season.
The sprint known as the 2013 NHL shortened season is nearly over.
The Bruins have just four games remaining — two at home, two on the road. And they have two against teams in a playoff fight and two that are skating toward their early offseason tee times.
Goals have been in short supply for the Bruins this season, so Tuukka Rask made sure the club’s four-game winless streak came to an end Sunday by not allowing any goals against.
Rask posted his fourth shutout of the season in a 3-0 win against the Florida Panthers.
The Bruins lost a game to Pittsburgh 3-2 Saturday, and lost Nathan Horton to an avoidable injury in the first period at TD Garden.
The forward was injured during a fight with Penguins winger Jarome Iginla and did not return to the game.
After the Bruins lost to Pittsburgh Saturday at TD Garden, coach Claude Julien commended his team’s effort and lamented the club’s inability to once again score enough goals to make the performance result in two points.
Julien also took exception to the play of a couple Penguins who’ve been getting under the Bruins’ skin for years now.
If it seems like the number of people losing faith in Milan Lucic’s ability to help the Bruins is increasing by the second, you can add one more name to that group: Milan Lucic.
It was an emotional night at TD Garden Wednesday.
Things didn’t finish as planned or hoped, but the Bruins still did all they could do to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and help people heal and move on.
Bruins coach Claude Julien confirmed Wednesday morning that both Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand were expected to return to the lineup against Buffalo at TD Garden.
The Bruins made several announcements Tuesday afternoon well after their hour-long practice at Ristuccia Arena concluded.
Most notable was the decision to send Jordan Caron to Providence (AHL).
Although Patrice Bergeron has been cleared by doctors and took his second morning skate with the Bruins Monday, no one would declare if the center would play against Ottawa in an evening contest at TD Garden.
Maybe some fresh legs will do the trick.
The Bruins have now lost two in a row after they followed up Thursday’s home loss to the New York Islanders with a road loss Saturday to the lowly Carolina Hurricanes, who hadn’t won in April and had won once in their prior 15 games.
We all know how ugly the numbers are for Bruins forward Milan Lucic through 40 games of this season.
The would-be power forward has produced just five goals this season, which would put him on pace for just about 11 in a regular 82- game schedule.