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Fresh Links: ShootOuch Edition

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Max Talbot takes a crack at cracking through Anders Lindback
Max Talbot takes a crack at cracking through Anders Lindback
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Yeah, baby! One whole loser point!  And now the Senators are gaining on the Bruins.

  • Review this GIF recap, including Torey Krug studiously ignoring Pierre McGuire. []

  • It was all about the Swedes last night: Niklas Svedberg got the start, Loui Eriksson scored, Carl Soderberg 's penalty turned the tide, and Anders Lindback stood tall. Sadly, the Bruins allowed the Sabres to linger. [TheBostonGlobe]

  • Carl Soderberg is working toward brighter days that he is confident will soon bring more goals his way. [Boston.CBSLocal]

  • Here, if you can stand it, are five observations from the game. No Lady Byng for you, St. Patrice Bergeron ! [WEEI]

  • Ted Nolan compared the Sabres play to "rope-a-dope," in which the Bruins just exhausted themselves in the offensive zone for naught. [TheBostonGlobe]

  • Fugheddabout the Sabres already. The real problem is letting the Senators creep up from behind in the standings. [WEEI]

  • Teammates accidentally clocking teammates was just one more layer of FAIL in last night's game. [SBNation]

  • This failure to take two points may be the watershed of the Bruins season in which nothing was easy.  [BostonHerald]

  • And yet, is anyone surprised a game went to the shootout and ultimately ended in a loss for the Bruins? [MetroWestDailyNews]

  • Thankfully, Tuukka Rask got some well-earned rest, and Jeremy Smith was dressed as backup. [CBSSports]

  • David Krejci is on the cusp of returning, perhaps as soon as this weekend. [ESPN]

  • Was there an ulterior motive to having Smith called up? Next up: The Senators host the Bruins, having one game in hand an only behind by 4 points... [HockeyBuzz]

  • More observations: DIE, SHOOTOUT! Lindback's will to win. Faceoff aces. [SouthCoastToday]

  • If you want good news, how about the Providence Bruins? They took 5 points out of the weekend, leaving only 1 point on the table. [ProvidenceJournal]

  • Happy birthday, Big Z! Zdeno Chara is great at 38 today. [ThePostGame]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The NHL GMs are advocating 3-on-3 overtime and incorporating a coach's challenge system. [TSN]

  • Diving, embellishment, and protecting goalies are also topics of focus at the GM's meeting. [VancouverSun]

  • Speaking of emergency backup goalie contingencies, who would be likeliest to step up for each NHL team should it come to that? [ESPN]

  • Deathwatch: The Maple Leafs are no longer in contention for a playoff berth- have a look back at their season. [SportsNet] Similarly, the Flames bid the playoffs adieu. [SportsNet] Meanwhile the Jets rallied behind Blake Wheeler to regain their toehold on the final Western wild card spot, displacing the Kings. [TheGlobeAndMail]

  • Nazem Kadri will sit for four games after his hit on Matt Fraser . And he can feel shame. [GlobeAndMail]

  • Here's a preview of the NCAA hockey championship weekend upcoming. [PuckDaddy]

  • How come even NHL stars aren't racking up a lot of goals anymore? [NYPost]

  • Which NHL teams excel at finding the draft diamonds in the late-round rough? [SportsIllustrated]

  • Here's what happened at the Panthers ' backup goalie tryout. [SportsIllustrated]