The Bruins came one step closer to surrendering the Northeast Division lead after getting shelled by the Lightning, 6-1, Tuesday night in Tampa. 

With the loss, the Bruins' third in a row, the B's remain at 83 points -- just two points ahead of the Senators, who will face the last-place Canadiens Wednesday night. 

Of course, there are injuries. 



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NHL head disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan joined Dennis and Callahan Tuesday morning, discussing all things NHL and the job he has done in his first season on the job. Shanahan took over for Colin Campbell (father of Bruins forward Gregory Campbell) on June 1. 

Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin was not suspended or fined for his hit from behind on Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk Sunday. Shanahan explained the ruling on the hit, which was called boarding on ice. 

The Bruins recalled forward Trent Whitfield from Providence on an emergency basis Monday. Whitfield joined the team for Monday's practice in Tampa, and will be available for the Bruins Tuesday against the Lightning. 

The 34-year-old Whitfield serves as captain of the Providence Bruins. He has five goals and six assists for 11 points in 41 AHL games this season. 

NESN Bruins analyst Barry Pederson checked in with the Mut & Merloni show Monday to talk about the B's recent struggles

Tim Thomas allowed three goals on 10 shots in the first period of Sunday's loss to the Penguins before being pulled in favor of new backup Marty Turco. Although Thomas' workload has increased since the injury to Tuukka Rask, Pederson said he doesn't believe the 37-year-old is tired.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin will not be suspended or fined for his hit Sunday on Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk. 

Malkin hit Boychuk from behind in the Bruins' zone, causing Boychuk's head to hit the glass above the boards. The ruling on the ice was boarding, which meant a minor penalty for Malkin. Boychuk was slow to get up, though he did stay in the game. 

The Bruins suffered a 5-2 loss that saw Tim Thomas get yanked after a period, but it was the other players who left the game that should have the already injury-riddled B's concerned. 

Claude Julien isn’t afraid to say that he’s doing the best he can when it comes to putting together a solid top-six with the injuries the Bruins have up front.



The Bruins came just short in their comeback bid Saturday, falling by a 4-3 score to the Capitals at TD Garden. 

With the team trailing by two, Johnny Boychuk buried a rebound with just over three minutes in regulation to make it a one-goal game, but it wasn't enough to bring the B's back. 

WILMINGTON -- Forward Daniel Paille (upper body) and defenseman Andrew Ference (lower body) were both present as the Bruins held an optional practice Friday at Ristuccia Arena. Ference has missed the last four games for the B's, while Paille has been out for the last three. 

After the practice, B's coach Claude Julien said both players remain day-to-day, and that they could potentially play Saturday vs. the Capitals.