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With the score of Sunday's game in the balance, much depended upon what officials saw... or didn't.

"Come ON, are you telling me you didn't see that?" Zdeno Chara
"Come ON, are you telling me you didn't see that?" Zdeno Chara
Leon Halip-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins march on to Columbus, where they face the Blue Jackets at 7:00PM.

  • Eight seconds. That's all it took for Brad Marchand to set a new Bruins benchmark (one that had coincidentally stood for 63 years) as he continued his torrid scoring pace.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • This leads to the question no one wants to ask as Marchand goes into the final year of his contract.[WEEI]

  • The rest of Sunday's game was a seesaw, and a number of things hinged on what was seen (or in a few key instances NOT seen) that did not go the Bruins' way.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • The game demonstrated how sorely the Bruins miss Patrice Bergeron, and how scoring lots of goals still is not enough.[WEEI]

  • Perhaps they were just weary from the win against the Wild on Saturday, a game which would prove to be Mike Yeo's swan song behind the Wild bench.[ScoutingPost]

  • Kirk Luedeke fielded questions and offered his insights in this podcast, which touches on the Bruins road trip up to the Jets game, needing a high-end defenseman in a tight market, Loui Eriksson's contract, and wishing to see Frank Vatrano back in the Spoked B, and SOON. (Audio, 1:04:15)[ScoutingPost]

  • Meanwhile, the Providence Bruins welcomed back Jeremy Smith in net with a win on Tuesday and again on Friday, as Brian Ferlin returned with a vengeance from injury. The PBruins then topped the Springfield Falcons 3-2 on Sunday- Zane McIntyre backstopped the team for the win.[AlongTheBoards]

  • Frank Vatrano is not sitting idle in Providence, and is seeing a lot of success with linemates Seth Griffith and Noel Acciari.[MassLive]

  • Prospect Danton Heinen is wowin' them at Denver University, where he has put on some much needed size and put up some impressive numbers.[CausewayCrowd]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Here's an interesting thought- might the NHL benefit from a soccer-style player loan system?[IslandersInsight]

  • Ben Scrivens and Jenny Scrivens met in college, where both were incoming freshman goaltenders. With both playing professional hockey, flexibility has been their mantra.[NationalPost]

  • Watch for pared-down goalie gear as soon as next season. Cory Schneider, who sits on the committee handling the proposed changes, explains.[BostonHerald]

  • Former NHLer Jonathon Blum is thriving after his move to the KHL, and considers it the best move to advance his career.[TheProvince]

  • Franklin Pierce University's men's hockey team will pay the price for a hazing incident.[TheHockeyNews]

  • In a bittersweet but understandable move, a pair of notable Olympic hockey gold medals from a father's win in Squaw Valley and his son's from Lake Placid are going up for auction.[PuckDaddy]