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Fresh Links: Home Stretch Edition

Let's go, BRUINS!

OooOoOoOoOooops... Henrik Lundqvist
OooOoOoOoOooops... Henrik Lundqvist
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WINNING! The Bruins beat the Rangers on Saturday and the Hurricanes on Sunday.

  • Saturday's matinee was a goalie free-for-all. Henrik Lundqvist returned to game action only to give up four goals in the Rangers ' loss. Tuukka Rask retired to the dressing room after the opening minutes of the second period, after which Niklas Svedberg held the fort.  [EdmontonSun]

  • Who was that good lookin' guy manning the bench door as Svedberg 's backup? [NESN]

  • Milan Lucic 's first goal in Saturday's game was lucky... or was it? [BostonHerald]

  • This victory ended a six-game skid. [PatriotLedger]

  • It turns out that Rask's ailment was actually a migraine. Meanwhile, Reilly Smith got the scoring monkey off his back. Adam McQuaid received the butt end of a stick from Tanner Glass . [TheBostonGlobe]

  • On Sunday, the whole playoff picture shifted again with a Senators loss to the Panthers. For the Bruins, David Pastrnak and Ryan Spooner were keys to the win against the Hurricanes . [TheBostonGlobe]

  • This game was not a thing of beauty, but a win is a win. Vulnerable minute game-tying goal? CHECK. [BostonHerald]

  • "Iron will and drive" is not something you usually see in an eighteen-year-old. Pastrnak is full of surprises. [TheHockeyNews]

  • If the Bruins are proudly built to win 5-on-5, what gives with their recent lack of success in that situation? [WEEI]

  • Peter Chiarelli acknowledged being on professional thin ice, addressed trade deadline and cap concerns, and mentioned Lucic as one player that had not met expectations for him this season. [WEEI]

  • Meanwhile, the Providence Bruins also had success in Portland against the Pirates on Saturday night. [ProvidenceJournal]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • If the playoffs started today, what would the pairings be? [TheSportingNews]

  • Things are becoming verrrry interesting as teams are still vying for playoff berths. [TheHockeyNews]

  • Zane McIntyre and UND have advanced to the Frozen Four. Oh, and get well soon, guys! [DuluthTribune]

  • The most gifted young players face serious choices early: College or major junior? [TheHockeyNews]

  • So, you think helmets protect players' noggins? Think harder. [ESPN]

  • Aaron Ward, clairvoyant? [Slam.Canoe]

  • Want to compare similar NHL players? Here's one way to crunch the numbers.  [War-On-Ice]

  • About this weekend: Playoff clinchers, tankers, and quick takes. [Grantland]