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Fresh Links: Ransacked Edition

The Bruins will rue last evening for at least 4-6 weeks.

Well, it was nice seeing you guys... 'Hi. I'm Chad" Johnson and Johnny Boychuk
Well, it was nice seeing you guys... 'Hi. I'm Chad" Johnson and Johnny Boychuk
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

<p><b> The Bruins suffered a costly loss to the Islanders last evening. Hope springs eternal at home against the Maple Leafs on Saturday at 7:00 PM. </b></p>


<li> Rene Rancourt led the crowd in singing 'O, Canada' and a moment of silence before the game. [<a href="">NESN</a>]</li>

<li> As for the game, it was a downright sloppy first two periods, followed by a frenetic third. At points, the Bruins "were ransacked" and Claude Julien will "deal with that internally. It is obviously an issue."  [<a href="">MetroWestDailyNews</a>]</li>

<li> Niklas Svedberg was barraged by 38 shots, and received little help early on. A dogged atttack in the waning minutes of the third period proved too little, too late. [<a href="">MassLive</a>]</li>

<li> The big loss for the Bruins is clearly Zdeno Chara, to a knee injury... [<a href="">NESN</a>]</li>

<li> ... which leaves the Bruins scrambling on special teams and defense... [<a href="">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> ... and looking to players like Dougie Hamilton to leap into the breach, and quickly. [<a href="">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> As for Johnny Boychuk and Chad Johnson? No hard feelings! [<a href="">PatriotLedger</a>]</li>

<li> For Johnson, his lone season as a Bruin was pivotal. [<a href="">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> On the offensive side, might the Bruins still pursue acquiring previously rumored targets, or maybe even a dark horse candidate? At what likely cost? [<a href="">XNSports</a>]</li>

<li> Got plans? Bruins prospect Zane McIntyre (Gothberg) will be in goal against Providence College this weekend. [<a href="">SBNCollegeHockey</a>]</li>

<li> Joe Morrow and Zach Trotman have been recalled from Providence. [<a href="">ProHockeyTalk</a>]</li>

<li> In fact, Boychuk's return was memorialized in a special way by the Boston sports writers... No, REALLY! [<a href="">LighthouseHockey</a>]</a></li>


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


<li> Wednesday proved to be anything but an ordinary road trip for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who were lodged in the hotel across from the monument to the war dead in Ottawa. [<a href="">THeStar</a>]</li>

<li> You Can Play. At least female hockey players are finding it increasingly easier to come out as gay. [<a href="">TheHockeyNews</a>]</li>

<li> Cheerio! One new Texan with a funny accent came to love the other kind of hockey with the Dallas Stars. [<A href="">DallasObserver</a>]</li>

<li> Take 30... thoughts. Young, puck moving defensemen are currently at a premium. [<a href="">Sportsnet</a>]</li>

<li> C'mon, Ref! Kerry Fraser addresses those pesky kicked (vs. skate blade deflected) goals. [<a href="">TSN</a>]</li>

<li> Explaining what a sports hernia is, for those of us who are not in the medical profession. [<a href="">UndisclosedInjury</a>]</li>

<li> This year's newly shallower goal nets are top heavy, and are "an accident waiting to happen." [<a href="">ProHockeyNews</a>]</li>