While much of America spent Sunday enjoying their football fantasy, the Bruins endured some hockey reality.

The Bruins enter tonight’s game against the Devils at the Garden having lost four of five. And if not for their furious third period against the Penguins last Wednesday, it would be five losses in a row — most of them of the anemic variety.

Since that five-goal third, the Bruins have scored one goal over six periods and two losses. That meant coach Claude Julien summoned his team for a rare Sunday practice, trying to jolt some life back into the battery.

Julien shook up his scoring lines during practice, putting Shawn Thornton with Tyler Seguin and Daniel Pelle and moving Michael Ryder to the line with Bryan Marchand and Greg Campbell.

“It’s something I did for today,” Julien told the media after practice. “When you haven’t won too many games lately, it’s unfortunate, because we feel like we’re maybe a little bit handcuffed.

“We’re short in the middle, and there’s not a ton of options. And [Sunday] we just made that little change.

“Whether it stays like that [today], or not, or whether I start with it [against New Jersey] and then change, I don't really know. I think right now, it’s kind of us trying to feel our way through.”

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