BOSTON -- While the Boston Bruins were arriving home Monday from California after a three-game road trip, the Tampa Bay Lightning were in the midst of their third straight win by defeating the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3.
The Bruins host the Lightning on Tuesday night at TD Garden. The last time these teams played (March 13), the Lightning won 6-1. Boston wants to respond from that loss.
"It’s never a bad thing to feel the sting a little bit of it,” said Bruins coach Claude Julien of that loss in Tampa. “There’s no doubt we didn’t play very well. They came out extremely hard against us and we weren’t ready for that, and because of that we lost a game. It was a pretty easy win for them.”
Julien pointed out that the Bruins’ mistakes in that game were plentiful, but Boston has won two in a row and is feeling pretty good about its chances now that it's back home for two games this week.
“We’re going to be needing our legs tonight and we know that’s going to be a challenge in itself. You come back from a trip in California and it’s always a challenge,” Julien said. “But if I gauged myself on this morning’s skate, we seemed to be in pretty good shape right now.”
Tim Thomas was the first goalie off the ice for the Bruins this morning. If he does start tonight, it will be his 56th game this season. He’s 32-19-0 with a 2.40 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage.