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Initially Sporting Shuffled Lines, The Bruins Slog Out From Behind For A Shootout Win At Home. As Always, Thank You, Kessel.

Jared Wickerham

<p><b> Shootouts. As much at he hates them, Tuukka Rask prefers to win them. And he did. </b></p>

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<li> The Boston Bruins are breathing down your necks, Canadiens! We'll see you Wednesday. [<a href="http://causewaycrowd.com/2013/03/26/undisputed-no-longer-bruins-regain-first-in-the-division/">CausewayCrowd</a>]</li>

<li> Welcome back, cranky Milan Lucic, who scored on a line with Rich Peverley and Jordan Caron. The Bruins were in their white road sweaters... for luck? Andrew Ference and Aaron Johnson suffered transient "brain freeze."[<a href="http://www.masslive.com/bruins/index.ssf/2013/03/milan_lucic_ends_scoreless_drought_as_boston_bruins_beat_toronto_maple_leafs_3-2_in_a_shootout.html">MassLive</a>]</li>

<li> With injuries in the defensive corps, Andrew Ference has been playing more, and on his off side. [<a href="http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/sports/pros_and_colleges/x1522345032/Bruins-Notebook-Ference-gets-it-right-with-switch-from-left-defense">MetroWestDailyNews</a>]</li>

<li> Perfect Patrice Bergeron was perfect. And scored twice, on a nice from-behind-the-net feed from Dougie Hamilton, and again in the shootout, where Anton Khudobin tipped Tuukka Rask off on what shot to expect from Nikolai Kulemin. [<a href="http://scores.espn.go.com/nhl/recap?gameId=400442946">ESPN</a>]</li>

<li> Dougie Hamilton showed some grit and determination along with good decision making. [<a href="http://boston.cbslocal.com/2013/03/25/dougie-hamilton-showing-signs-of-improvement-in-bruins-3-2-shootout-victory/">WBZ,CBSLocal</a>]</li>

<li> The lineup was initially "The Left Wing Shuffle." And Daniel Paille comported himself well in an expanded role that he had earned. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2013/03/daniel_paille_puts_energy_in_a_new_job">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> Here's what went right and wrong last night for the Bruins. [<a href="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/2013/03/25/what-went-right-as-bruins-beat-maple-leafs-in-shootout-to-pull-even-with-canadiens/">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> Don't let it go to your head, kid. Is Claude Julien purposely measuring his praise for Tuukka Rask? [<a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/bruins/post/_/id/11353/juliens-praise-for-rask-seems-measured">ESPN</a>]</li>

<li> Sophomore Bulldog Chris Casto (Minnesota-Duluth) has signed with the Bruins, likely to report directly to Providence. [<a href="http://www.westerncollegehockeyblog.com/2013/3/25/4147452/minnesota-duluths-chris-casto-signs-free-agent-deal-with-boston-bruins">SBNation</a>]</li>

<li> Midseason checkup... how well did these predictions pan out? [<a href="http://causewaycrowd.com/2013/03/25/mid-season-predictions-the-journey-and-the-road-ahead/">CausewayCrowd</a>]</li>

<li> In praise of Dennis Seidenberg, who has had quite a week for the Bruins. [<a href="http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/2013/03/25/boston-bruins-player-of-the-week-dennis-seidenberg/">RantSports</a>]</li>

<li> Another Calgary Flame name has been tossed into the trade ring, and Calgary scouts were in the house last night. [<a href=http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=419132">TSN</a>]</li>

<li> Martin St. Louis' and Jaromir Jagr 's names have now come up in a trade rumor as potential Bruins targets. [<a href="http://nhltradereport.com/nhl-trade-rumors-boston-bruins-could-be-looking-at-jaromir-jagr-and-martin-st-louis-425844/">NHLTradeReport</a>]</li>

<li> Did or did not Geoff Ward... adulterate... a fan's beer? [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/geoff-ward-boston-bruins-coach-tosses-earpiece-fan-043056889--nhl.html">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

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<p><b> Elsewhere around the rink...</b></p>

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<li> Jon Cooper is named head coach of the Lightning. [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/jon-cooper-hired-tampa-bay-lightning-head-coach-235706222--nhl.html">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

<li> OMG! Kaspars Daugavins has been put on waivers, remember The Penalty Shot? [<a href="http://senshot.com/2013/03/26/ottawa-senators-put-kaspars-daugavins-on-waivers/">Senshot</a>]</li>

<li> Remember all the hand-wringing about the lockout costing the NHL fans and market share? Only one NHL team has seen decreased TV ratings. [<a href="http://www.sbnation.com/2013/3/26/4148786/nhl-teams-local-tv-ratings">SBNation</a>]</li>

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