Brad Marchand reacts to his two-game suspension

Boston Bruins Can Clinch a Playoff Spot Tuesday Night With Win Over Tampa Bay

Boston Bruins Can Clinch a Playoff Spot Tuesday Night With Win Over Tampa Bay

Keeping this in mind, many here in the Bolts Nation did not have very high hopes Player Safety would step in and do their job when it came to Brad Marchand. The Bruins improved to 18-7 since Bruce Cassidy took over as interim coach after Claude Julien was sacked in February.

However, the B's are in, and while these two games control seeding, they're not going to make or break the team's season.

"It was definitely very selfish and undisciplined at the time, obviously", Marchand said while addressing the media prior to Thursday night's game against Ottawa at the Garden "But, you can't do anything about it now".

Ottawa must play three games in four nights this week - including the second game of a back-to-back against the Red Wings on Tuesday in Ottawa - so the Bruins will likely face a exhausted team on Thursday. With only two games left in the regular season, there's a decent chance Marchand is suspended until the playoffs begin.

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Drew Stafford recorded the game-winning goal versus Tampa Bay on Tuesday night to help Boston qualify for the playoffs. Marchand has a career-high 39 goals and is trying to become Boston's first 40-goal scorer since Glen Murray had 44 in 2002-03.

The Senators need one point in their final three games to clinch a playoff spot. However, Ottawa's ROW lead is only one, with the Senators having won 36 of their 41 games outside of the shootout.

Yes, having Steven Stamkos back will help, but the Lightning can not rely on talent alone to become an elite team again. The Lightning are out of the playoff picture at the moment and are likely to remain there.

Tampa Bay got only four shots in the first period, and the Bruins scored twice in the second period. Senators coach Guy Boucher told reporters on Monday that Methot, Smith and defenseman Cody Ceci (leg) won't return before the end of the regular season. Edmonton is two points behind the Ducks with four games remaining in their schedule. A Lightning victory in regulation or overtime against the Bruins paired with the Senators falling to the Detroit Red Wings in any fashion would see Ottawa and Tampa Bay even in ROW. Based on Regulation/Overtime wins tiebreaker, Boston would earn the postseason berth.

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