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Fresh Links: Pieces of Eight Edition

The Boston Bruins Needed Eight Early Minutes To Score Three Unanswered Goals Along With Eight Perfect Penalty Kills Yielding Two Shorthanded Goals In Order To Hand The New Jersey Devils An Eighth Straight Loss. Arrrrgh, Mateys, Now Bring On The Dread Pirate Soderberg!

Bruce Bennett

<p><b> The Boston Bruins breathe rarified air atop the Northeast Division and at second in the Eastern Conference, after delivering an eighth straight loss to the New Jersey Devils. Eight productive minutes in the first period and eight perfect penalty kills were the magic number:</p></b>


<li> The Devils rallied late, and the Bruins needed the cushion of four goals built up early. The number eight was the key. Gregory Campbell scored twice, and the Bruins tallied TWO shorties, [<a href="">TSN</a>]</li>

<li> Daniel Paille has been outstanding. Brad Marchand was injured. Jaromir Jagr has been a spark. Gregory Campbell has stepped into the breach. Rich Peverley is finding his game. A stronger start has been offset by continuing falloff in the third period. Perfect penalty kill is perfect. [<a href="">ESPN</a>]</li>

<li> Gregory Campbell's impressive stats from last night. [<a href="">@naokofunayama</a>]</li>

<li> The Bruins can clinch a playoff spot if they can beat the New York Islanders tonight. [<a href="">CausewayCrowd</a>]</li>

<li> Injuries were a factor last evening. In the overall picture, the Canadiens also face nine games remaining, although unlike the Bruins, they will be on the road for the majority of those. [<a href="">ProHockeyTalk</a>]</li>

<li> The Court of Public Opinion on the Anton Volchenkov elbow to Brad Marchand's head. [<a href="">TheScore</a>]</li>

<li> Providence Bruins players comprise a whopping 33% of the AHL All-Rookie Team, and Malcolm Subban 's Belleville Bulls will face Anthony Camara 's Barrie Colts in the OHL ECF. [<a href="">BleacherReport</a>]</li>

<li> A witty calling-out of the HuLK line. [<a href="">@GlobeKPD</a>]</li>

<li> Adam McQuaid may be back in tonight. [<a href="">@naokofunayama</a>]</li>

<li> Patrice Bergeron is participating in morning skate. [<a href="">@naokofunayama</a>]</li>

<li> And might we see Carl "The Dread Pirate Soderberg" this weekend? [<a href="">NESN</a>]</li>

<li> Tonight the New York Islanders may be facing a dress rehearsal of what a first round playoff game might be against the Bruins. [<a href="">NESN</a>]</li>

<li> And wouldn't revisiting a Mike Spicer cartoon be fun? [<a href="">MikeSpicerCartoonist</a>]</li>