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Fresh Links: Bah, Hamburg Edition

We learned a lot last night, things we didn't want to know

Ryan Spooner continued his success at his hometown rink, at least.
Ryan Spooner continued his success at his hometown rink, at least.
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The Bruins host the Panthers tomorrow night at 7:00 PM, as they and the Senators continue to press for the final playoff wild card spot.

  • The Bruins' chances for the postseason are now at the whim of fate. [TheBostonGlobe]

  • Smithing Persons: Reilly Smith was all but benched after the first period. Jeremy Smith is at a professional juncture, and admires what Andrew Hammond has accomplished. [TheBostonGlobe]

  • Jeremy Smith was reassigned to the Providence Bruins last night. [Boston.CBSLocal]

  • The (relatively) beefier David Pastrnak is holding up remarkably to the rigors of his first heavy season. Also of note, one referee was lost and another shaken up last night. [BostonHerald]

  • The big game that the Bruins needed never materialized when lackluster play became punctuated by costly errors. [BostonHerald]

  • Quick takes: getting pucks past the Hamburglar was not the problem, Carl Soderberg broke his drought, and Ryan Spooner was successful yet again in his hometown. [WEEI]

  • The Bruins have a rough stretch of must-win games ahead, and Tuukka Rask will be ridden hard to the end of the season. [WEEI]

  • Claude Julien questioned whether or not his team wanted to win- "We were soft." [TheScore]

  • It isn't bad enough that the Senators are gaining on them, the Panthers do battle directly with the Bruins three more times in this final stretch.  [ProHockeyTalk]

  • The return of  David Krejci is a good time to make necessary changes to the fourth line. Spooner has seemed almost Marc Savard -esque. [HockeyBuzz]

  • Here's the Swedish briefing on last night's action. The third period was described as 'increasing voltage.' (Google translated amusingly from Swedish) [SvenskaFans]

  • Zebras Down: It was a tough night for the officials last evening in Kanata. [SportsNet]

  • One gangly Junior player from Slovakia got his start in Prince George, and his story will be featured this weekend on Hometown Hockey. His uniform (and the bed situation with his billet family) posed particular challenges- here's the trailer. (Video, 0:30)  [HometownHockey]

  • By any other name... The Hobey Baker Finalist Formerly Known As Zane Gothberg (Zane Mcintyre) changed his name to honor his hardworking and devoted mother and late grandmother Susie. [GrandForksHerald]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Matthew Wuest, sports reporter and the creator of CapGeek, has passed away. The hockey community is poorer for his loss. [MetroNews]

  • RPI team captain Curtis Leonard was apparently in the sights of both the Bruins and the Sabres this past weekend before ultimately landing with the Rochester Americans. [Democrat&Chronicle]

  • Just in time for Spring, Venn diagrams illustrate all the NHL hot takes for you. [TheSportingNews]

  • This top 10 amazing NHL goaltending records list leads off  with one held by a Bruins goaltender. [SportsIllustrated]

  • First Nations youngsters endure the risk and rigors of long distance travel to participate in the Little Native Hockey League tournament. It's all for love of the game. [The Star]

  • Don Cherry has founded a new pet rescue foundation, the old softy! [SportsNet]

  • The Sheffield (UK) Steelers have lost their number one fan. Amy Usher, whose story was in Links a bit ago, has passed away. {TheStar]