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Fresh Links: Boston Strong Edition

The Boston Bruins clinch a divisional title with an OT loss to the Buffalo Sabres, thanks to a Montreal loss last night. A stunning tribute and emotional national anthem led by Rene Rancourt help keep #BostonStrong.

Jim Rogash

<p><b> The Boston Bruins clinched a playoff spot although they lost to Buffalo Sabres in the shootout, and finished off with a crowd salute by both teams. Thanks to the vagaries of other teams in the league, the Bruins are now atop the Northeast Division and seated at the second spot in the conference anyway:</b></p>


<li> A lot of emotion, a tribute video, and Rene Rancourt led the crown in the national anthem. #BostonStrong. [<a href="">ESPN</a>]</li>

<li> Video Introduction, opening sequence, and Rene Rancourt then lets the crown sing the national anthem. [<a href="">YouTube</a>]</li>

<li> It was everything but a win. Anton Khudobin was solid, Daniel Paille and Chris Kelly scored. [<a href="">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> In other good news, Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand returned to the lineup, reunited with Tyler Seguin, and the line was praised by Claude Julien. [<a href="">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> Oh, what a night. Fans and players were ready for some hockey. Former Sabre Daniel Paille, whose birthday was the day of the attack, scored a goal and spoke about healing. [<a href="">BostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> Paille practicing with David Krejci line today... Daniel, You're A Star... [<a href="">@DJ_Bean</a>]</li>

<li> On the other hand, Milan Lucic is... well, like a healthy scratch at practice. [<a href="">@DJ_Bean</a>]</li>

<li> Carl The Dread Pirate Söderberg took morning skate with his new team. [<a href=""></a>]</li>

<li> Ironically, the shootout loss clinched a playoff berth for the Bruins, and thanks to the results of other games around the NHL, left the Bruins atop the Northeast Division. [<a href="">MassLive</a>]</li>

<li> The Bruins, Jeremy Jacobs, TD Garden, NHL, NHLPA, Boston Bruins Foundation and Brad Marchand all dug deep with donations. Marchand and Patrice Bergeron returned to the lineup, Wade Redden debuted. [<a href="">MassLive</a>]</li>

<li> Here's a quick brief on standings after last night, including a feel good story, as the Blue Jackets beat the Ducks, and now have claim to a playoff spot, thanks to a Flames win over the Red Wings. [<a href=""></a>]</li>

<li> One more take on current events from the SB Nation Red Sox blog, Over The Monster. [<a href="">OverTheMonster</a>]</li>