Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/27/13
8 a.m.: The Bruins took a step in the right direction Thursday against Tampa Bay, but now they have to try and string that together as they get set to enter the playoffs. The B’s bounced back from an awful showing in Philadelphia on Tuesday to shut out the Lightning on Thursday night, and now they head to the nation’s capital on Saturday night to tangle with the Capitals. The Bruins will have their first chance to wrap up the Northeast Division in the process. If the B’s win and the Canadiens lose in regulation or overtime, the Bruins will clinch the division and the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. They sure sound like they’re making the division title a priority, so it would make sense that they’d do all they could to get that out of the way Saturday, which would give them the option of resting some players Sunday night at home against Ottawa. The Bruins are looking to establish consistency as a team, but they’re also looking to do so individually. That’s why it will be interesting to see whether or not Milan Lucic is able to continue where he left off Thursday night. The big forward had one of his best, most involved games in a long time against Tampa Bay, and he needs to show that he can do that consistently as the playoffs are just a few days away. The answers to all these questions will come at 7 p.m.

This article first appeared on NESN.com and was syndicated with permission.

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