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A recent lull in the Canadiens' game more than any stellar play on their part allowed the Bruins to regain the Northeast Division lead after an emotional rollercoaster of a weekend, including back-to-back matinees. The Senators, Sabres, Penguins, and Panthers led the NHL in demonstrating true good sportsmanship throughout the City of Boston's ordeal. Bruins season ticket holders yielded the players' signed game sweaters to first responders.

Carl "The Dread Pirate" Soderberg battles Scottie Upshall
Carl "The Dread Pirate" Soderberg battles Scottie Upshall
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<p><b> Back to back matinees, a loss to the Penguins capped by a shutout win over the Panthers, vault the Bruins, surprisingly, into the Northeast Division lead:</b></p>

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<li> After a disappointing loss to the Penguins on Saturday, the Boston Bruins ended their losing streak against the Panthers and took the Northeast Division lead on Sunday. [<a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/recap.htm?id=2012020668">NHL.com</a>]</li>

<li> What ordinarily would have been a pedestrian win over a bottom team snapped a four-game losing streak and vaulted the Bruins ahead of the Canadiens in the division. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2013/04/bruins_step_up_game_win">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> The Bruins honored first responders with the shirts off their backs. [<a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/bruins/post/_/id/11788/bruins-honored-to-give-shirts-off-back">ESPN</a>]</li>

<li> Dougie Hamilton had been a healthy scratch to get rest recently, but he scored on Sunday, and THE BRUINS WON. [<a href="http://www.patriotledger.com/sports/pros/x333080908/BRUINS-NOTEBOOK-Boston-Bruins-rookie-Dougie-Hamilton-determined-to-make-most-of-late-season-opportunities">PatriotLedger</a>]</li>

<li> Tuukka Rask manned up over the Penguins loss, and in his back-to-back start against the Panthers earned a shutout. [<a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/bruins/post/_/id/11786/rask-shows-character-in-bouncing-back">ESPN</a>]</li>

<li> Jaromir Jagr has led the third line to success, beside Carl Soderberg (who earned his first NHL point) and Chris Kelly. He sees good things in the future, with Claude Julien able to roll three scoring lines. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2013/04/net_gain_for_jaromir_jagr_3rd_line">Boston Herald</a>]</li>

<li> The loquacious Jack Edwards found himself in a bit of a pickle after a rant about Matt Cooke on Saturday. [<a href="http://causewaycrowd.com/2013/04/22/in-the-defense-of-jack-edwards/">CausewayCrowd</a>]</li>

<li> Wins were hard for the Bruins over an emotional week capped by back-to-back matinee games, But maybe that wasn't what it was all about anyway. [<a href="http://thehockeywriters.com/bruins-continue-to-honor-boston/">TheHockeyWriters</a>]</li>

<li> Once again, the Bruins are challenging the Montreal Canadiens for the division lead. This is sadly due more to Montreal's recent shortcomings. [<a href="http://causewaycrowd.com/2013/04/21/bruins-deliver-more-than-one-message-in-a-3-0-win-against-the-panthers/">CausewayCrowd</a>]</li>

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