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Former Panther Gregory Campbell visits with former Bruin Tim Thomas - Joel Auerbach

2Us, 2Ks, 2 points. Tuukka Rask and the Bruins beat Tim Thomas and the Panthers. What was with the fast whistles last night, anyway??

Last night, the Boston Bruins leapt to a two-goal lead.  And then the Florida Panthers clawed back...  

  • After a two-goal lead evaporated, the game came down to the final minute. Reilly Smith, Tuukka Rask, and Tim Thomas were the three stars. [NHL]
  • Claude Julien had words of praise for Reilly Smith, but maintained that overall the Boston offense disappointed. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Tuukka Rask allowed that he did not want his mistake allowing the Panthers' second goal to cost the Bruins their win. Daniel Paille, who scored first for the Bruins, pointed out that Thomas faced 40 shots in a game that was decided in the final minute, adding "he's a tremendous goalie." [USAToday]
  • Former Bruin Kris Versteeg also lit the lamp. Dougie Hamilton 's power play goal was not enough to deflect criticism from the Bruins' subsequent inability to score on a double minor penalty to Dmitry Kulikov. [BostonHerald]
  • Thomas is still passionate, and the loss stung. The Panthers wanted this win for themselves and him. [FoxSportsFlorida]
  • Addressing the media postgame, Thomas spoke about his time off and denied any vengeful attitude toward the Bruins. [BostonHerald]
  • Some found his explanations cryptic at best. [WEEI]
  • And in his defense, some are frankly sick of media laziness in covering the topic. [Bostinno]
  • Cam Neely said the Bruins are working up some recognition of Tim Thomas for his return on November 7th, and acknowledged that the goalie was "probably burned out" toward the end of his tenure in Boston. [Boston.com]
  • Here's a link to the Bruins Prospect Report. [Bruins.NHL]
  • Bruins trade rumors... the Oilers' Nail Yakupov... another sniper who doesn't like to backcheck? Why? [CausewayCrowd]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Last night was not a good night for Maple Leafs goalies... James Reimer was injured 32 seconds into the game by a teammate, and otherwise solid Jonathan Bernier subsequently "got Toskala'ed." [SBNation]
  • Three ups, three downs- here are the season's surprises and disappointments so far. [BackhandShelf]
  • The NHL joined the You Can Play Project in the #SpiritDay initiative. [NHL]
  • O tempora o mores! Hockey's value system is broken! [PuckDaddy]
  • GOTCHA! The Oilers' Nail Yakupov is actually headed to the Buffalo Sabres. [BuffaloNews]

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