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Chiarelli: 'Real challenging time right now'

No one will argue that the Bruins have been hampered with injuries lately, but that hasn’t been the only reason that they are struggling.

Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli acknowledged as such recently to Craig Custance of ESPN.com.

"When you look at our stretch since the new year, it hasn't been very good. We always look for a big sample size to judge our team. Right now, I have a pretty big sample size," Chiarelli said. "We're going through a real challenging time right now. We have to get our heads on straight as to how we approach game to game. Then it's a mentality you get going into the playoffs. We have to get that back. That's going to take some work."

The Bruins will try to regain that mentality in Florida tonight when they take on the Southeast Division-leading Panthers.