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There were Czech fingerprints all over last night’s victory

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NHL: Florida Panthers at Boston Bruins
David Backes nosing around the net
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

A dish of noodly Czech goodness was all it took to propel the Bruins past the Panthers.

  • David Pastrnak took the drop pass from David Krejci and eluded the Panther defense for the overtime game winning goal. Not all of the Bruins performances were so tidy. The Boston Globe Claude Julien had specific praise for how that goal was hatched between the two, and how Pastrnak had worked to round out his game overall, which will affect his next contract. The Boston Globe Highlights are here (Video, 6:09) NHL
  • Take five... observations from the game, including and that a Ryan Spooner/Riley Nash/Austin Czarnik line might be worth keeping. WEEI Zdeno Chara’s return was welcome, and was crucial to three successful penalty kills. WEEI Matt Beleskey is going to be out for about six weeks nursing a right knee injury. WEEI
  • The win pushed the Bruins past Tampa Bay into the third playoff spot in the Atlantic Division. Andy Brickley offers his take on the Tim Schaller and Pastrnak goals. (With video) NESN
  • More game notes... the Panthers sent Shawn Thornton out for the ceremonial first puck drop in honor of Rio Olympians, where he collected a warm hug from Aly Raismann. Patrice Bergeron made an uncharacteristic gaffe that ended up behind Tuukka Rask. Bruins Daily
  • Keith Yandle’s “ironman” streak was sadly broken last night in Boston. The Score
  • Anton Blidh plays with a bit of sandpaper. Noel Acciari finds it lonely being left behind to rehabilitate despite the company of Frank Vatrano. Patriot Ledger
  • Kirk Luedeke cheers us with a reminder that three Bruins prospects scored hat tricks this past weekend, while others had multiple goal performances. Word to the wise- don’t be the kind of fan that itches for immediate gratification- RELAX! Scouting Post
  • Charlie McAvoy and Ryan Lindgren shared a bit of good news, and look forward to seeing Zach Senyshyn and Jeremy Lauzon very soon. Mass Live

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Tim Horton would not be happy, but Dunkin’ Donuts has just inked a deal with the NHL. Boston Magazine
  • The Canadian Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities is spearheading a change in culture to help curb concussions. The Globe And Mail
  • A McGill graduate in marketing has taken his hockey analytics, web, and video skills to the next level by leveraging them into coaching experience. TSN
  • Celebrity watch- see who was in the Penguins’ bleachers on Monday. Bar Down
  • Whose stock is rising around the NHL? Chad Johnson (duh) and what- John Tortorella?!?!? Sportsnet
  • Fear and surprise, surprise and fear... the Panthers’ recent firing of their coach has sparked the spectre of fear of advanced hockey stats. Last Word On Hockey