Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 4/25/13
8 a.m. ET: Perhaps the best news for the Bruins heading into Thursday’s game with the Tampa Bay Lightning is that there is no snow in the forecast. Thursday’s game was originally scheduled for Feb. 9, but a snowstorm of historic proportions pounded Boston and forced a postponement. Now it’s part of what’s been a jam-packed schedule for the Bruins all the way up into the final week of the season. Thursday’s game will mark the second of the week for the Bruins, a week in which they will play four games in six days, including back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday. At the very least, it might give the Bruins a chance to straighten things out. The B’s have are playing their worst hockey at the worst time of the season right now, and it isn’t inspiring much faith among Bruins fans. Fatigue is no doubt playing a role, but Boston coach Claude Julien finally cut that down as an excuse following an embarrassing 5-2 loss Tuesday in Philadelphia. “Let’s stay away from excuses because it’s not gonna work,” he told reporters after the game. “Excuses is a lot of BS right now. We need to quit hiding behind those excuses because it’s a load of crap.” The Bruins will presumably get a chance to work on some things Thursday with Tampa Bay in town. The Bolts have little to play for right now, but that was also the case with the Flyers, and that didn’t turn out so well. Either way, come this time next week, the playoffs will be upon us. It’s now or never for the Bruins, and they can try and dig out of this hole starting again Thursday. Puck drop is slated for 7 p.m. at TD Garden.

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

MORE FROM YARDBARKER

NFL Scout: Saquon Barkley better than Ezekiel Elliott

No harm will come from MLB extending its netting

Ezekiel Elliott’s attorney speculates on NFL’s motivation for legal battle

Philip Rivers on 0-2 start: ‘There’s no worry or concern’

NFL players wrote Roger Goodell seeking support for political activism

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

On the similarities between Kyrie Irving and Kobe Bryant

Todd Frazier, Yankees embracing thumbs down symbol

Tickets for 49ers-Rams game at Levi's going for $14

Sixers still open to trading Jahlil Okafor

Aaron Rodgers has funny quote on never beating the Bengals

Raul Mondesi sentenced to prison for corruption as mayor in Dominican Republic

The 'Chris Sale joins an elite club' quiz

Building on the NFL's positive changes beyond 2017

NFL Week 3 predictions

The 'MLB is as powerful as ever' quiz

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

College football 2017 Week 4 predictions

10 teams that can unseat the Warriors in 2018

NFL Referee Hotline: Mike McCarthy is sick of these calls

The 'Kevin Durant has mad (Twitter) handles' quiz

Baseball's most underwhelming teams of 2017

The 'Remember the tight ends' quiz

Ranking the best college football fan bases

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Chris Sale joins an elite club' quiz

Building on the NFL's positive changes beyond 2017

NFL Week 3 predictions

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

The 'MLB is as powerful as ever' quiz

10 teams that can unseat the Warriors in 2018

College football 2017 Week 4 predictions

NFL Referee Hotline: Mike McCarthy is sick of these calls

Baseball's most underwhelming teams of 2017

The 'Kevin Durant has mad (Twitter) handles' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker