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The Most Dangerous Lead

The Bruins lost in overtime at home to the Flyers

Congratulations, Brett Connolly, on your first goal as a Bruin.
Congratulations, Brett Connolly, on your first goal as a Bruin.
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Four goals should be plenty enough to win a game.

  • Call it the Bergeron Hat Trick- a goal, an assist, and a baby! Learning to play with a lead as well as playing with composure after being scored upon would help the Bruins.[ProvidenceJournal]

  • Lack of focus led to squandering a perfectly good lead in the third period.[WEEI]

  • Despite the loss, David Krecji leads the NHL in points. Zac Rinaldo will be hearing from the Department of Player Safety.[HockeyBuzz]

  • It will be hard to further discipline Zac Rinaldo unless they can figure a way to also penalize Adam McQuaid for simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.[TheHockeyNews]

  • We had been warned that Ryan Spooner and David Pastrnak would struggle in the defensive aspects of their play. It proved costly as the entire team played "soft in battles."[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Several other Bruins also struggled, and four goals were not enough. The Flyers' Michal Neuvirth left the game after the first period and was replaced by Steve Mason.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • The Bruins need to improve, and could stand to give Tuukka Rask some help.[NESN]

  • Good goalies, bad situations: Three otherwise solid NHL netminders (including Rask) are struggling right along with their teams, and statistics explain why.[TheHockeyNews]

  • No Contracts for Old Men? Curtis Glencross' retirement echoes an NHL trend. As he approaches the end of his own contract, Chris Kelly is very aware.[WEEI]

  • Beating the odds, Claude Julien was NOT the first NHL coach fired this season.[SouthCoastToday]

  • Julien is not a fan of requiring teams to provide compensation to the former teams of fired coaches- here's why.[TauntonGazette]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • A half-dozen coaches are still on watch to be sacked, including Julien. Here's the rundown on why each is on the hot seat, and the likeliest candidates to be hired as replacements.[Grantland]

  • What have been the fastest coach sackings to date in NHL history? And how did the Flyers end up being featured in two of them?[SportsIllustrated]

  • How about THIS Bruins comeback? The iconic Nike footwear worn by Marty McFly in "Back to the Future" is being updated, and is coming to a store near you.[HuffingtonPost]

  • Cheer up, Worcester, an ECHL team may be in your future.[WorcesterTelegramAndGazette]

  • John Tortorella has really lost it this time, wandering through the terminal barking playing instructions at passengers in Penn Station... NO, REALLY![TheOnion]

  • The concept of "respecting the game" is not simple when one party has more to lose than another, or one faction gets to define what respect means to begin with.[VictoryPress]

  • NHL players got a chance to chime in on a poll of the best referees, and many opted for the diplomatic response.[PuckDaddy]

  • Take this opportunity to read one official's take on the increased tempo of today's NHL game, his professional background, and how he prepares for games.[PSMag]