Chris Kelly thinks Bruins deserve title of Jekyll and Hyde team

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The NHL playoff race is on its final legs and this is when we separate the men from the boys.

Right now, the Ottawa Senators – winners of six straight – are playing like the men, while the Boston Bruins – winless in five – are playing like boys. Going into Monday's games, Boston has a tenuous one-point lead on Ottawa for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Bruins were taken down by the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3 on Sunday, losing an opportunity to gain some breathing room over the Senators.

Bruins forward Chris Kelly thinks the team isn't consistent and its current play reminds him of some past labels attached to the squad. 

"There's been years where I think you guys have labeled us (as) a Jekyll and Hyde team. Maybe we deserve that title again this year," Chris Kelly said to the media, reports Tim Rosenthal of Bruins Daily.

"I really wish I could put a finger on why we play so well for stretches and then we kind of lose that, and we need to recapture (the stretches where we play well)."

Brad Marchand, who went toe-to-toe with the Lightning's Steven Stamkos on Sunday was also unhappy with the team's play against Tampa.

"Frustrating," Marchand said following Sunday's loss. "You look at other teams we're battling and they're going at it every single night. We don't know if we'll get that each night."

The Bruins are set to square off against two heavyweights this week. 

They play the Western Conference-leading Anaheim Ducks on Thursday followed by a Saturday night contest against one of the best in the East, the New York Rangers.

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