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No Safe Lead

"But seriously, ANY lead the Bruins have these days is the most dangerous one..." -- phonymahoney

Loui Eriksson holds his nose.
Loui Eriksson holds his nose.
Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Better luck on Thursday, Bruins, hosting the Wild at 7:00PM.

  • The Sharks' first line had their way with the best players the Bruins could offer, Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron. As a team, the Bruins were simply ..."dreadful in the defensive zone."[TheBostonGlobe]

  • What is behind the Bruins' struggles- too many passengers? Mental mistakes? Players from the Stanley Cup team resting on their laurels?[WEEI]

  • The Sharks scored only 42 seconds into the game. That sobering beginning was the harbinger of what was to come.[BostonHerald]

  • If you prefer your bad news in bullet points, start with these. Ryan Spooner was benched, and no lead is safe for the Bruins.[WEEI]

  • This game seemed to be the evil twin of the defensive effort the team put into their win against the RedWings on Saturday.[BostonHerald]

  • Decisions, decisions. Healthy scratches were the result of Dennis Seidenberg returning from injury, as he (along with Adam McQuaid) hit career milestones.[ProvidenceJournal]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Leave the danged nets alone, NHL, and don't mess with tradition in a misguided attempt to stage manage greater scoring.[LATimes]

  • Besides, there is a better answer to achieve increased scoring around the league, and it is as cheap as changing a jersey... NO, REALLY![TheElbow]

  • You Tried: The NHL analytics site is cryptic, questionable, and problematic.[PuckDaddy]

  • The traditional All-Star Game will now be a mashup of 3-on-3 games featuring regional rivals- Bob McKenzie explains.[TSN]

  • Coach Guy "Le Chiffre" Boucher has suddenly become available, having been released by SC Bern. Try not to read too much into it.[TSN]

  • A chance meeting on the streets of NYC left three NHL players with "Happy" memories.[BarDown]

  • Jersey foul! A Finnish netminder's name was botched on his practice jersey by his own team.[Sportsnet]

  • In another first, the NWHL Boston Pride have partnered with NESN, who will broadcast 8 games.[PuckDaddy]

  • The director of "Soul on Ice" spoke about progress and lack of progress regarding racism in hockey, and his personal relationship to the game. BONUS: Movie trailer video. [Sportsnet]

  • The Manchester Monarchs' goalie is under arrest for domestic violence. Patrik Bartosak, that's NOT what the LA Kings meant when they wanted you to play like Semyon Varlamov.[Deadspin]