No excuses for Bruins' effort

BOSTON -- Among the 18 Boston Bruins skaters who took the ice to face the Ottawa Senators on Monday afternoon, only Patrice Bergeron could be forgiven for not playing up to his potential.

Bergeron played his first game after a six-game absence, but had to wear a splint under his glove to protect his broken right thumb. Having not practiced with the team since he left the lineup, Bergeron did not take any faceoffs and his timing understandably was off.

If the other 17 skaters were wearing splints and coming off two-week absences, it would be a lot easier to accept the Bruins' 5-1 loss at TD Garden. But after the embarrassing defeat, there was a lot of talk of not wanting to make excuses, then a lot of excuse making.

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