TAMPA -- Greetings from sunny and balmy Tampa, where the Bruins, nursing two consecutive losses and a boatload of injuries, are scheduled to practice early Monday afternoon.
We are awaiting word on the fallen Patrice Bergeron (foot), Adam McQuaid (upper body) and Max Sauve (lower body), all of whom went hors de combat during Sunday's 5-2 beatdown by the Penguins in Pittsburgh.
As noon approached, the Bruins had not yet called up anyone from their AHL Providence affiliate on an emergency basis to fill a roster spot for Tuesday night's game here vs. the Bolts. Sauve was an emergency callup for Benoit Pouliot for Sunday's game, only to exit in the second period.
Update: The Bruins announced shortly after 1 p.m. that veteran center/wing Trent Whitfield has been summoned from the WannaBs.
Bergeron was hobbled in the second period on Sunday, missed most of the period and then struggled through one shift in the third period before calling it a day. He is arguably the club's most valuable forward, the glue guy for the two-way game and a dominant force at the faceoff dot. He was felled by a Matt Niskanen slapper to the boot.
McQuaid, the backline junior strong man (everyone is junior to senior strong man Zdeno Chara), exited in the first period with an upper-body injury, sustained when he put a smack on James Neal.
Some numbers to ponder amid the Bruins' current 12-14-2 run:
xx -- They have managed 0:00 in lead time in 13 of those 28 games. Hard for teams to win when they never lead.
xx -- They have scored the first goal in only 11 of those 28 games. They also have yielded the first goal in the last five games, 8 of the last 10.
xx -- They have failed to carry a lead into the third period in 23 of those 28 games. Their record in those 23 games: 7-14-2.
xx- Their wins on March 6 (Toronto) and March 8 (Buffalo) stand as their only back-to-back triumphs since Jan. 10-12. They have recorded back-to-back losses four times over the two months.
xx- Tim Thomas' streak of five starts could end here Tuesday night. After yielding 3 goals on 10 shots in Pittsburgh, he was yanked in favor of Marty Turco, who gave up only a pair of goals over the next 40. In his five starts, Thomas turned back 94 of 110 shots, for a pedestrian .855 save percentage. The two-time Vezina winners looks tired, and a one- or two-game breather could serve him well with the playoffs to start the week of April 8.