The Boston Bruins have accomplished their primary goal of winning the Northeast Division. Staying healthy for the playoffs is now the main objective for the Bruins, who will rest several key regulars Thursday night against their likely first-round opponent, the Ottawa Senators.
Boston (47-29-4) clinched its third division title in four seasons Sunday with a 2-1 road win over the New York Rangers and is locked into the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
The Bruins gave No. 1 goaltender Tim Thomas a rest Tuesday in a 5-3 home loss to Pittsburgh as Marty Turco made just 22 saves in his fifth appearance since being signed last month.
"There's a lot to be taken from this game," Turco told the team's official website. "... Even though we went down 5-2 in the third, there was no give up in this bunch."
Turco likely will start again since Thomas, top defenseman Zdeno Chara and first-line center Patrice Bergeron will not make the trip as coach Clau...