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Tony Massarotti

Bruins in downward spiral from best to worst

No NHL team has repeated as Stanley Cup champion since 1998, but this was never really about winning consecutive championships. It was about trying. It was about maximizing the opportunity. And at the moment, the Bruins are not even coming close.

Extending a malaise now measured in months, the Bruins were embarrassed by the Tampa Lightning on Tuesday in a game that wasn’t nearly so close. The Bruins twice changed goalies in this game, the recently acquired Marty Turco turning in the kind of effort Bruins fans have not seen since Roberto Luongo took to the TD Garden ice during the Stanley Cup finals last spring.

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