Only time will tell if the Boston Bruins' performance against the Tampa Bay Lightning is an indication that they're ready for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. All that's certain for now is that the Bruins finally played their style of game in a 2-0 victory at TD Garden on Thursday night.
Tuukka Rask recorded his fifth shutout of the season with 30 saves, Dennis Seidenberg and Daniel Paille scored goals and the Bruins won two fights, as Boston bounced back from its worst loss of the season Tuesday night in Philadelphia.
"Like I said this morning, we're going to find out quickly if it was just a little bump in the road or whether it was a step back," coach Claude Julien said. "I thought our guys played hard tonight. I'm not looking for perfection, I'm looking for reaction -- and overall, I thought we played hard, we moved the puck quickly and when there was a breakdown Tuukka was there to make the big saves."