BOSTON (AP) -The Eastern Conference-leading Boston Bruins acquired forward Mark Recchi and defenseman Steve Montador at the NHL trading deadline Wednesday to bolster their playoff push.
The Bruins sent forward Martins Karsums and defenseman Matt Lashoff to Tampa Bay for Recchi and a second-round pick in 2010. Boston got Montador from the Anaheim Ducks for forward Petteri Nokelainen.
The Bruins entered Wednesday tied with the San Jose Sharks for the best record in the NHL with 93 points - six points ahead of the New Jersey Devils for the East lead. But Boston has lost eight of its last 11.
"Whether there are some changes or not, we're going to ponder on that. But after a game like that is not the time for a lot of reflecting," coach Claude Julien said after Tuesday night's 4-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
"My job is to coach the players that I have. I've had this team all year, we're in first place, so I think we're capable of doing a good job. If we get some help, so be it."
General manager Peter Chiarelli was scheduled to meet with reporters later Wednesday.
"We're not showing a lot of chemistry and emotion right now. We've got to pick up the consistency," forward Michael Ryder said. "We know we have a good team and we know we can win. If management thinks they can do something that can help us, that's good."
A seven time All-Star and two-time Stanley Cup champion, Recchi has 13 goals and 32 assists this season and 1,426 points in his 1,471 game, 20-year NHL career. Among active players, he is third in games played, sixth in goals and trials only Joe Sakic both assists and points.
The 29-year-old Montador has four goals and a career-high 16 assists for Anaheim this season. In his NHL career, Montador has 18 goals and 49 assists.
Nokelainen has three assists this season. Karsums played in six games for Boston this season and registered one assist, and Lashoff has one assist in 16 Bruins games.