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The Bruins are in Tampa Bay itching to take on the Eastern Conference leading Lightning.

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins
Tuukka Rask won’t be seeing any REAL snow this weekend in Florida
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Moving on from a shutout loss to the Panthers, The Bruins have a date tomorrow at 7:00 PM with the Eastern Conference leading Lightning in Tampa Bay on NESN.

  • Tomorrow’s game has been circled on the Lightning calendar for a while now. Tampa Bay Times
  • At least Frank Vatrano had something to be cheery about last night. A change of scenery in Florida has done him good. Boston Herald
  • Without Zdeno Chara (among a long list of other Bruins) last night, the Bruins came up short against the Panthers. Boston Globe
  • The Bruins’ last shutout loss? Let’s see... that was way back in October. (With video) NESN
  • The Bruins have gotten so comfortable with comebacks that they were almost surprised when time ran out in regulation. WEEI
  • Already down a number of players, the defensive pairing of Kevan Miller and Nick Holden just didn’t seem to click. Boston Herald
  • David Backes is salty about the call that ejected him with a game misconduct. A Bruin now for less than one season and a veteran of 12 seasons without disciplinary action until this month, he is getting a crash course in the new NHL. CBS Boston
  • It would appear that the ejection will be the end of the matter. NBC Sports
  • There’s good news on the prospect front regarding Jeremy Swayman, Ryan Donato, and Jesse Gabrielle. Bruins NHL
  • Enjoy Gabrielle’s shootout snipe here. (With Video) BarDown
  • 2-2-3. Boston trails Saturday’s opponent by four points, and leads Toronto by five points. The Predators are now first in the league overall. NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The Coyotes and Canucks are now contenders... to clean up in the draft lottery, having been statistically eliminated from the playoffs. (With video) BarDown
  • All the best to Andrew Ference as he joins the NHL front office as the Director of Social Impact, Growth, and Fan Development. It should be a job right in his wheelhouse. NHL
  • The Wild’s Jason Zucker reminisced about two friends, one he lost just before being drafted, and another whose legacy has become Zucker’s mission. Player’s Tribune
  • Springtime is hockey championship time. Here’s a look at the teams competing in the NWHL for the Isobel Cup. Ice Garden