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The Bruins face the Capitals tomorrow afternoon

Get ready for the matinee tomorrow!
Get ready for the matinee tomorrow!
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<p><b> Next up for the Bruins, a dreaded Saturday matinee at TD Garden against the Washington Capitals, 1:00pm.  </b></p>

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<li> Where we left off- a synopsis of the Buffalo Sabres game as cold and bitter as day-old leftover coffee, served in a stained mug. A bright spot: Johnny Boychuk played his 300th NHL game. [<a href="http://hockeyjournal.com/blog/blackGold/Bruins_crumble_after_mounting_comeback_in_Buffalo">NewEnglandHockeyJournal</a>]</li>

<li> The third line was another bright spot, reminiscent of game-changing third lines of the Bruins past. The Chris Kelly goal was the direct benefit of a beautiful (ironically) blind backhand pass from Carl Söderberg. Loui Eriksson is "gaining traction." [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/02/27/bruins-third-line-plays-big-loss/fKgHxvSZqbplazdNKbSrxI/story.html">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> Tuukka Rask may make his return on Saturday against the Capitals after a post-Olympic rest. Claude Julien and Peter Chiarelli are discussing possible trades, but Julien maintains that the defensemen he has are very capable of stepping up. [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/02/28/tuukka-rask-back-fold-for-bruins/9RCwWaqZm7r2jEqGEOu7vI/story.html">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> The Bruins are being careful to rest their number one goalie. [<a href="http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/article/20140227/SPORTS/140226448/?tag=2">MetroWestDailyNews</a>]</li>

<li> Niklas Svedberg has returned to Providence, Patrice Bergeron and Loui Eriksson will have the day off again today to rest, Adam McQuaid remains day-to-day. [<a href="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/2014/02/27/bruins-send-niklas-svedberg-to-providence-adam-mcquaid-gets-day-off-as-he-looks-to-return-saturday/">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> Damage control: Cam Neely spoke with Felger and Mazz about the Bruins' ticket price increases. He also pointed out the importance of making the right move, rather than just any move, at trade deadline. (With audio) [<a href="http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/02/27/cam-neely-discusses-bruins-ticket-price-increases-dislike-of-nhl-participating-in-olympics-trade-deadline/">Boston,CBSLocal</a>]</li>

<li> The good news of the price increase is that a lot has gone well for the team recently, they are very competitive, and there are facilites development plans to fund. [<a href="http://blogs.southcoasttoday.com/bruins/2014/02/27/distasteful-start-to-home-stretch/">SouthCoastToday</a>]</li>

<li> Zdeno Chara may be quietly stumping to have the Bruins acquire Andrej Meszaros. The Panthers have been very happy with Tim Thomas and Brad Boyes, as well as Tom Gilbert, who has been mentioned as another player that the Bruins may target. [<a href="http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=444869">TSN</a>]</li>

<li> The Yeti Carl Söderberg is a soccer wizard! [<a href="http://bostinno.streetwise.co/2014/02/27/carl-soderberg-is-a-swedish-soccer-wizard-video/">BostInno</a>]</li>

<li> The Bruins are second only to the Maple Leafs in this ranking of NHL fan online engagement. [<a href="http://mashable.com/2014/02/28/nhl-fans/">Mashable</a>]</li>

<li> C'mon, Ref! Kerry Fraser tackles the Brad Marchand and Tyler Myers scuffle from Wednesday's game against the Buffalo. [<a href="http://www.tsn.ca/blogs/kerry_fraser/?id=444799">TSN</a>]</li>

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

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<li> Just for fun, who doesn't love to see one of those Tim Thomas sprawling saves, this one after falling on his butt! [<a href="http://www.boston.com/sports/blogs/obnoxiousbostonfan/2014/02/tim_thomas_falls_makes_incredible_save_video.html">Boston.com</a>]</li>

<li> Es freut mich! Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has been asked to submit the list of 8 teams he would not accept as a trade destination. [<a href="http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=444870">TSN</a>]</li>

<li> Kris Letang spoke in detail about his stroke, his good prognosis, and how the worst part was seeing his mother and wife crying. [<a href="http://triblive.com/sports/penguins/5668844-74/letang-stroke-doctors#axzz2ucz7E7yO">TribLive</a>]</li>

<li> Trade rumors still swirl around Mark Stuart, who gamely insists that he only sees good things ahead for the Jets. [<a href="http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/sports/hockey/jets/stuart-a-solid-rock-to-build-on-247733021.html">WinnipegFreePress</a>]</li>

<li> Speaking of the NHL trade deadline, what is the matter with the current market, anyway? [<a href="http://grantland.com/the-triangle/whats-the-matter-with-the-nhl-trade-market/">Grantland</a>]</li>

<li> For an NHL player, having a baby mid-season can be a special challenge. Several Bruins can relate! [<a href="http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/hockey/calgary-flames/Babies+game+changer+Calgary+Flames/9561161/story.html">CalgaryHerald</a>]</li>

<li> Admit it. It's time for the Leafs to dump Phil Kessel. [<a href="http://www.pensionplanpuppets.com/2014/2/27/5450978/2014-nhl-trade-deadline-it-is-time-for-the-maple-leafs-to-trade-phil">PensionPlanPuppets</a>]</li>

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