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08:32 AM ET 02.15 | The Bruins, after Tuesday's loss to the Rangers, have won only 10 of their previous 20 games, and, now, they have set sail on a six-game road trip. The Stanley Cup run a year ago was launched during the February trip when the Bruins ran off a 7-0-0 record that filled them with confidence they carried all the way to the championship. Things are a little bit different this year, probably. It's doubtful [Peter Chiarelli] will swing any blockbuster trades like the ones that delivered Chris Kelly, Rich Peverley and Tomas Kaberle a year ago. "There's just not a lot happening," said Chiarelli, who wonders if he'll even be able to find a complementary piece, a role player, let alone a true difference-maker.

Boston Herald

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February 15, 2012  08:57 AM ET

The playoff's can't come soon enough for this team.

February 15, 2012  09:07 AM ET
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The playoff's can't come soon enough for this team.

or for me

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February 15, 2012  09:16 AM ET
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They do seem bored to death don't they? Night after night for the last 6-7 weeks we get to watch the opposition playing as if Lord Stanley's Chalice is on the line, while Boston just seems to go through the motions. Maybe they are tired and emotionally beat, who knows.Getting Horton back will be key to their playoff success and Chiarelli absolutely must do something to rid his team of Joe Corvo. Julien has been trying all season to find a partner that can cover for that schlepp and all he's managed to do is continuously break up successful pairings with the changes. The two youngsters in Providence (Kampfer & Bartkowski) are undersized and clearly not the answer.

Yeah that pinch was bad last night with two forwards deep

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February 15, 2012  09:23 AM ET
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They do seem bored to death don't they? Night after night for the last 6-7 weeks we get to watch the opposition playing as if Lord Stanley's Chalice is on the line, while Boston just seems to go through the motions. Maybe they are tired and emotionally beat, who knows.Getting Horton back will be key to their playoff success and Chiarelli absolutely must do something to rid his team of Joe Corvo. Julien has been trying all season to find a partner that can cover for that schlepp and all he's managed to do is continuously break up successful pairings with the changes. The two youngsters in Providence (Kampfer & Bartkowski) are undersized and clearly not the answer.

There might be something to this.
They certainly looked...disinterested...at times last night. Not taunting, by the way. Until someone takes it, they are still the reigning champs.
Corvo may be a tough sell. One thing for certain, they need some kind of spark. I think they were so busy earlier on trying to debunk the whole "Hangover" syndrome, that they may have used a bit too much of the "reserve". They had been blowing people out.

February 15, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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First sentence = headache-inducing

Agreed. And maybe it would help if they didn't travel by boat.

February 15, 2012  09:25 AM ET
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Getting Horton back will be key to their playoff success and Chiarelli absolutely must do something to rid his team of Joe Corvo. Julien has been trying all season to find a partner that can cover for that schlepp and all he's managed to do is continuously break up successful pairings with the changes. The two youngsters in Providence (Kampfer & Bartkowski) are undersized and clearly not the answer.

I was thinking they should stand pat, but when you brought up Corvo I had to agree with you. They should be able to pick up a decent defenseman to replace him without giving up too much.

February 15, 2012  09:26 AM ET

The Bruins, after Tuesday's loss to the Rangers, have only one 10 of their previous games

110 of their previous games? Won 10 of their previous games? How does that get past an editor?

February 15, 2012  09:33 AM ET
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The two youngsters in Providence (Kampfer & Bartkowski) are undersized and clearly not the answer.

You would think that one of them would have stuck by now if that were not the case.

February 15, 2012  09:34 AM ET
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The playoff's can't come soon enough for this team.

B's kind of in a swoon right now, which I hope they will snap out of...
and that Rangers team last night looked pretty darn good. Great goaltending, timely scoring, good D.

February 15, 2012  09:37 AM ET
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There might be something to this.They certainly looked...disinterested...at times last night. Not taunting, by the way. Until someone takes it, they are still the reigning champs.Corvo may be a tough sell. One thing for certain, they need some kind of spark. I think they were so busy earlier on trying to debunk the whole "Hangover" syndrome, that they may have used a bit too much of the "reserve". They had been blowing people out.

agree that someone needs to "rattle the cage" of certain players... Julien needs to take a page out of Torts book and start screaming, or something
I think they are just in a funk right now - still plenty of time to right the ship.

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February 15, 2012  09:38 AM ET
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The Bruins, after Tuesday's loss to the Rangers, have only one 10 of their previous games110 of their previous games? Won 10 of their previous games? How does that get past an editor?

got distracted by the swimsuit models?

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February 15, 2012  09:42 AM ET

I think they've gotten away from their game a bit. Perhaps it has to do with some of the suspensions handed down. They need to play on the edge to be successful.

 
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