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A middling effort against the motivated Lightning failed to get the job done.

Boston Bruins v Tampa Bay Lightning
Jake DeBrusk and David Backes lurk at net front
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A chance to put away the Lightning was frittered away last night in a 4-0 loss in Tampa. The Bruins march on to pounce on the Panthers at 7:30 PM Thursday, on NESN.

  • There were a number of “c” games brought on the Bruins’ side, and we’re not talking captain’s calibre, here. One notable high point was a save by Patrice Bergeron. (With video) Boston Globe
  • The fat lady hasn’t sung yet on the President’s Trophy, but Bruins fans are all squirming in our seats after Boston failed to put it out of Tampa Bay’s reach last night. MassLive
  • Well, it was a learning experience?
  • Fear not, Bruins fans, let Ty Anderson talk you down from the precipice. WEEI
  • At least Charlie McAvoy was back- that caused some shuffling. (With video) Boston Globe
  • The fat lady has sung on Brandon Carlo’s hopes for a chance to play in the postseason AGAIN. Have a look at the implications. And get well soon, kid. South Coast Today
  • Tommy Wingels was out due to a hand injury. NBCSports
  • Good news of Rick Nash- he is skating again. WEEI
  • Sean Kuraly, however, is not. CBS Sports
  • Ryan Donato is getting his baptism by fire into what he’ll face in playoff games, while Nick Holden has stepped up as required due to injuries. Boston Herald
  • Meanwhile, in Providence, the PBruins failed to clinch their Calder Cup playoff spot last night with a loss to the Sound Tigers. Providence Journal
  • Review the weekend that was for the WannaBs. Rinkside Rhode Island
  • 1*-1*-2*. The Bruins are tied for first place in the Eastern Conference with the Lightning, while the Maple Leafs trail by seven points. The Predators hold the top spot in the league. NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • A couple of old friends were in town, and Andrew Ference confesses that winning the cup was better than his wedding. It was an official visit in his new capacity as Director of Social Impact, Growth and Fan Development. (With video) CBS Boston
  • The unkindest cut will be removing a ring from the Stanley Cup this year. Retiring the 1945-65 ring turns the page on a number of notable NHLers. Boston Herald
  • When it comes down to the final week of the NHL regular season, there may be many games, but they fall into only ten categories. Skip to #7. Sportsnet
  • ESPN is narrowing the list of the likeliest NHL award winners, and the Bruins are well represented. ESPN