The Bruins made their hole even deeper hole Sunday, suffering a 5-3 loss to the Lightning that extended their losing streak to five games (0-3-2).

The loss leaves the Bruins at 84 points on the season through 73 games, with the Senators (83 points in 71 games) in leap-frog the B’s for the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference as soon as Monday.

While Sunday’s game became disastrous for the Bruins midway through the first period, it actually began on a positive note. Patrice Bergeron scored during a delayed penalty call just 33 seconds into the game, but the Lightning would answer back with three unanswered goals in the first, two of which were scored in a 15-second span. Tampa’s mid-period scoring run to break what was then a 1-1 tie came moments after a fight between Steven Stamkos and Brad Marchand.

A Jason Garrison point shot made the game 4-1 and chased Tuukka Rask 7:54 into the second period. Rask, who was playing in his 61st game of the season, stopped only eight of the 12 shots he faced before he was replaced by Niklas Svedberg.

Zdeno Chara cut the lead to 4-2 with a power-play goal at 10:22 of the third, but Tampa increased their lead back to three with an Ondrej Palat tally on the man advantage. Daniel Paille made it 5-3 with 47.7 seconds remaining.

The Bruins played Sunday’s game without both Dougie Hamilton and David Krejci. Hamilton will undergo further testing on an undisclosed injury back in Boston on Monday, while Krejci’s return — initially believed to come as soon as this weekend — will have to wait. Reilly Smith returned to the lineup after being made a healthy scratch Saturday. Smith picked up an assist on Chara’s goal.

For the Lightning, Sunday marked the first time they have defeated the Bruins in their last 11 meetings, as Tampa entered Sunday having not beaten the Bruins since March 15, 2012.

The B’s will return home to Boston after an 0-2-1 road trip, but an extremely difficult two-game homestand awaits. The B’s will first face the Ducks at TD Garden before hosting the Rangers on Saturday.

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DJ Bean

Dougie Hamilton will not play Sunday against the Lightning due to injury, according to a source. With Hamilton out, the Bruins recalled defenseman Zach Trotman from Providence on an emergency basis Sunday.

The Bruins recalled defenseman Zach Trotman from Providence on an emergency basis Sunday, a move that suggests Dougie Hamilton might not be available for Sunday’€™s game against the Lightning.

Hamilton did not play at all in the third period or overtime of Saturday night’€™s shootout loss to the Panthers, seemingly due to a second-period play in which he was hit by both Nick Bjugstad and Scottie Upshall.

The Bruins had only been carrying six defensemen. Trotman was recalled last weekend for Saturday’€™s game against the Penguins, but was returned to Providence without playing any games during the callup.

Trotman has played 17 games for the Bruins this season, registering four assists.

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DJ Bean
DJ, Joe and Pete talk more playoff scenarios in hour 2 and if the Bruins can get in, they'll be a very dangerous team... to the point where DJ thinks teams would much rather face the Senators and are doing their best to oust the Bruins from the equation. It's become apparent now more than ever that Chiarelli probably needed to pull the trigger on a deal for a defenseman at the trade deadline. Also. Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun joins the boys to discuss the Hamburglar and the Senators and Bruins being neck-and-neck for a playoff spot.

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[0:18:09] ... it was funny prospect that it. Because the kind of forgot the Florida Panthers existed. Yes I saw the where the Panthers have well you know the couldn't afford to give up two point super and ...





With the Senators hot on the tail of the Bruins for a spot in the playoffs, Bruce Garrioch from the Ottawa Sun calls into Sunday Skate. He talks about "the Hamburglar" craze sweeping through the league as goalie Andrew Hammond has really stepped up for Ottawa. They discuss playoff chances, the fans' reaction in Ottawa and more.

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[0:01:16] ... it was funny prospect that it. Because a kind of forgot the Florida Panthers existed. Yes I saw the word the Panthers have well you know the couldn't afford to give up two point super under ...
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[0:03:49] ... will essentially played there game in hand. Which will be against the Toronto Maple Leafs because every single one of the senator remaining eleven games are against the Toronto maple leaves. By the time that game is ...






DJ, Joe and GIF BOY Pete Blackburn kick off Sunday Skate discussing yet another rough week for the B's. Just when we thought they may be rolling, the Bruins fall off the rails again. DJ and Joe talk about Hamilton getting injured, Reilly Smith being a healthy scratch and once again - playoff chances for the Bruins. Jack Edwards also joined the boys and was classic Jack.

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[0:08:55] ... doesn't blow my mind but. When you're playing with a guy like Patrice Bergeron Alec Brad marsh and who you know they're all out there given it. You know there. All out every game and I'm ...




Jack wakes up nice and early from sunny Florida to discuss the state of the B's after another tough week for the black & gold. He discusses Riley Smith being a health scratch yesterday and what that means going forward for him and the team, how a potential Hamilton injury will effect the team, if Chiarelli is to blame for some of the contract situations, and more. Jack comes firing on all cylinders for an early a.m. interview.

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[0:09:35] ... of his career which is that a very long career in the National Hockey League is it game has changed. They don't charge in the the time whether it is just pull one draw where you'll woken ...
[0:16:41] ... is they continued to be one of the best coaches in the National Hockey League. These. The system works and quote ideas of putting three forwards. On the ice well for a defense that it over time ...
[0:17:15] ... if you study a lot of city of they'll only get overtime Brian Campbell basically placing entirely over. Brian Campbell this is. They kind of a forward Erik Karlsson without as much offensive upside. He is not intimidating by any means I mean this was the guy who. It became the first offense they write a century when the only thing a couple of years ago which is kind of embarrassing or mean. You know you want it first went just two minutes worth about every three games. Justin baker I realize that stops are also. But Brian Campbell's game is. About being able to wire up the arts and and he still can do that and in a four on ...






Are the Bruins really going to miss the playoffs? What happens if they do? Is Dougie Hamilton alright? Where is David Krejci going to play?

Discuss these burning issues and whatever else you want in the Sunday Skate Live Chat with Pete Blackburn, DJ Bean and Joe McDonald from 7-9 a.m. Click here to listen to the show online.

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WEEI

On Saturday night, the Bruins lost Dougie Hamilton to an undisclosed injury, a shootout to the Panthers and, although they still sit eighth in the Eastern Conference, ultimate control of the final playoff spot.

Dougie Hamilton

Dougie Hamilton

On Saturday night, the Bruins lost Dougie Hamilton to an undisclosed injury, a shootout to the Panthers and, although they still sit eighth in the Eastern Conference, ultimate control of the final playoff spot.

After the B’€™s and Panthers skated to a 1-1 tie through 65 minutes, Brandon Pirri scored the only goal of the shootout as Florida took a 2-1 win and improved to 80 points on the season through 72 games.

The loser point gave the B’€™s 84 points through 72 games, but a Senators victory over the Maple Leafs Saturday improved Ottawa to 83 points through 71 games, as they hold a game in hand on Boston. Should both teams win all their remaining games, the Senators would get in over the Bruins.

Dougie Hamilton left with an undisclosed injury that appeared to be suffered on a second-period play in which he was hit by both Nick Bjugstad and Scottie Upshall.

Hamilton left the game early in the second period, but returned to take four more shifts in the second. He was not on the bench to begin the third period, with the team announcing shortly after that he was done for the night.

The Bruins will play the second game of their current back-to-back Sunday in Tampa.

Here are four more things we learned Saturday:

SMITH SITS

Reilly Smith missed the first game of his Bruins career Saturday night, and it wasn’€™t for a particularly flattering reason.

Smith was made a healthy scratch for the Panthers game after committing a pair of turnovers that led to goals Thursday night against the Senators. Smith had also been benched for all but one shift of the final 28:03 of the Senators game.

With Smith benched, Brian Ferlin was inserted into the lineup on the fourth line and Daniel Paille moved up to play with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.

The lines were as follows:

Marchand-Bergeron-Paille
Kelly-Soderberg-Eriksson
Lucic-Spooner-Pastrnak
Ferlin-Campbell-Talbot

Claude Julien moved David Pastrnak up to play with Bergeron and Marchand in the third period, though that could have been due to a possible injury for Paille, who was back on the ice for overtime.

KELLY PUSHES RIGHT BUTTONS

Ryan Spooner and Dougie Hamilton picked up the assists on Bergeron’€™s second-period goal, but Chris Kelly played just as big a part.

Kelly, who is sneaky good at pestering opponents to draw penalties, took a shot at Dave Bolland in the neutral zone, knocking his helmet off and getting Bolland to high-stick him. Only Bolland’€™s infraction was called, and it led to the power play on which Bergeron tied the game.

This wasn’€™t the first time Kelly has irked an opponent to successfully draw a retaliatory penalty. He did it before a faceoff to Jakub Voracek back on Jan. 10, getting Voracek to take an interference penalty off a faceoff to set up a Boston power play on which David Pastrnak scored.

SEIDENBERG HAS ANOTHER ROUGH NIGHT

This obviously hasn’€™t been a good season for Dennis Seidenberg, but you could imagine the veteran defenseman was especially looking to bounce back from a horrid showing in which he and partner Matt Bartkowski for the Senators’€™ first three goals Thursday. It didn’€™t happen.

Seidenberg took a penalty in each of the first two periods Saturday, but it was a lapse in coverage that was particularly costly Saturday. Jimmy Hayes slipped behind the 33-year-old defenseman in front of the net, leaving him space to take a feed that Bolland backhanded toward the net from the corner and jam it past Rask.

Rask bailed out Seidenberg and every other Bruin on the ice late in the game when he reached back to rob Bolland with a brilliant stick save on what looked like a sure goal for the Panthers with about seven minutes left in regulation.

THORNTON HITS 600

Former Bruin Shawn Thornton skated in his 600th NHL game. The vast majority came with the Bruins, as Thornton played in 450 regular-season contests for the B’€™s.

An interesting note from the great Jack Edwards: Thornton became the first player to play 600 AHL games before playing 600 NHL games.

Blog Author: 
DJ Bean