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Sure, the Bruins have a five-game winning streak, and are atop the Eastern Conference, but the REAL STORY is that the Minnesota All-Hair Hockey Team has been announced!

Andrej Meszaros got his feet wet over the weekend, scoring in his first game as a Bruin
Andrej Meszaros got his feet wet over the weekend, scoring in his first game as a Bruin
Joel Auerbach

The Boston Bruins have closed out the Florida road trip successfully.

  • We left off on Saturday with Reilly Smith sealing the shootout win from behind against the Tampa Bay Lightning.[NewEnglandHockeyJournal]
  • A disallowed goal sparked the Bruins' effort against Tampa, and Tuukka Rask 's patience was rewarded with the win. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • ... and on Sunday, Andrej Meszaros was introduced both to the lineup and the scoreboard against the Panthers. [NewEnglandHockeyJournal
  • Daniel Paille was injured Sunday. Meszaros benefitted from some extra work with Doug Houda to bring him up to speed, while Jarome Iginla is approaching Johnny Bucyk's career 556 goal mark. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • The Panthers impressed even the Bruins with one blatant "Too Many Men" penalty. [CBSSports]
  • Jarome Iginla speaks about watching the Olympics from the sidelines, the toll it takes on a player, the strengths of his linemates, and his children playing youth hockey in Boston. [NewEnglandHockeyJournal]
  • By comparison, here's a look at the Bruins' top four defensemen rank against those of other top teams. [WEEI]
  • Kevan Miller 's "86ing" of the Panthers' Brandon Pirri mad the NHL highlight reels (video, 0:31) [NHL] along with Johnny Boychuk 's decisive shutdown and takedown of the Bolts' Tyler Johnson. (Video, 0:32) [NHL]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The Minnesota All-Hockey Hair Team returns, this year it is all about the touching. (With video, 6:26) [SportsIllustrated]
  • Sunday's Panthers vs. Bruins game was the scheduled Tim Thomas bobblehead night, despite his having been being traded to the Dallas Stars... [SBNation]
  • ... which proved to be a shrewd move by Dallas after Kari Lehtonen was felled by a brutal collision Saturday, leaving Thomas to take to the ice in relief in hopes of saving the Stars' postseason hopes. [PuckDaddy]
  • Claude Giroux and Wayne Simmonds did take to the parquet against the Harlem Globetrotters, even using a hockey stick for one stunt. (Video, 2:22) [CSNPhilly]
  • Noora Räty has signed to play for Kiekko Vantaa in the second-tier Mestis league in Finland. []
  • An Ohio hockey state final ended in a tie, but only after 7 overtime periods did not produce a victor. Handwringing ensued. []
  • Only in Canada... Take a look at what furry creature was caught napping in a player's hockey gear duffle! [Imgur,liliofthevaley]