Fresh Links: Panther Tales Edition

Wily Reilly Smith stole the puck and scored the final goal of the game. - Jared Wickerham

A number of things finally went well for the Bruins last night.

The Boston Bruins hauled down the Florida Panthers last evening. Next up, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Saturday at 7PM:

  •  In case you didn't get to watch last night, enjoy this game summary with video highlights. [Bruins.NHL]
  • Signs of improvement: Three lines were represented on the score sheet (David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Reilly Smith) and one defenseman (Torey Krug). The Merlot line stepped it up. Still, the first period was problematic. [BostonHerald]
  • March& finally pulled the monkey off his back. [ESPN]
  • Have some fun with this lighthearted recap, including the Jack Edwards qoute of the evening, and a video recap of March&'s goal celly. [THeSpokedBLog]
  • Tuukka Rask wasthisclose to a shutout with 23 saves. Former Bruins in the house: Tim Thomas received an ovation, although neither he nor Brad Boyes dressed for the game. [Reuters]
  • The TD Garden crowd gave Thomas a warm welcome back after a video tribute. [NESN]
  • Get the funk out. Claude Julien let Marchand and the team just play through it. [WorcesterTelegram&Gazette]
  • Three takeaways from last night's win. [BruinsDaily]
  • And more observations. The Bruins do not fight to retaliate for clean hits. Shawn Thornton and Krys Barch have history. Gregory Campbell is not taking defensive-zone faceoffs. [WickedLocal.Easton]
  • Julien reminds that as good as Thomas was in the 2011 Stanley Cup run, he had a solid team playing in front of him. Patrice Bergeron dodged a bullet, Chris Kelly was sure the Jesse Winchester hit was unintentional, and Torey Krug now is tied with Erik Karlsson as the NHL top scoring defenseman. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Let's play a game... make an argument that any number of Bruins were the key players in the 2011 Stanley Cup Run. And who named the Chris Kelly / Michael Ryder / Rich Peverley line the "KRaP" line?! [WEEI]
  • Here's an interview with Justin Florek. There are older interviews with Bobby Robins on this site as well. [PPSShow]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Sadly the game appeared to be the last straw as Panthers coach Kevin Dineen and two assistants have been let go. Peter Horachek is in. [SportsIllustrated]
  • Both the Panthers and the Flyers held lively "players only" meetings... [SBNation]
  •  The Buffalo Sabres' planned welcome to beloved former captain Jason Pominville in October was petulantly squashed by Darcy Regier, in a move that does not reflect well either on him or the team. Shame, shame, shame. [SabreNoise]
  • Here's the cost ranking from most (Leafs) to least (Senators) of NHL "fan experiences." [PuckDaddy]
  • Get the funk out, part deux: enjoy this postgame clip of spontaneous dance. "North Station Funk" by Kyle Clauss. (Video, 0:47) [Burst]

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