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It was a winnable game, and yet no points were salvaged

At least there were friendly faces in the crowd.
At least there were friendly faces in the crowd.
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Close, but no cigar for the Bruins. On to Friday's game in Anaheim!

  • Goodbye, Atlantic Division lead. David Krejci was feeling it last night, but the Bruins didn't get past the Sharks.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Take five bullet points from the game: Wasn't it nice to see Loui Eriksson notch that short handed goal?[WEEI]

  • The Bruins power play remained cold, and Jimmy Hayes had a rough night.[Hockeybuzz]

  • Arriving for the game, Brent Burns went full leprechaun in his attire. That man is the gift that keeps giving.[BarDown]

  • Sixth-round draft pick Matt Benning has impressed Kirk Luedeke, who also offers an opinion on Sean Kuraly as well as Danton Heinen , who may be heading our way soon. Several college seniors will be needing contracts if they are to remain in the Bruins' system, including Matt Grzelcyk .[ScoutingPost]

  • A pair of Providence Bruins took pies to the face from Ringling Brothers clowns, all for a good cause.[WPRI]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Give a kid a hammer... The NHL General Managers just can't seem to refrain from tinkering with the rules...[TheStar]

  • ...and they don't like to see too much luck in the annual draft lottery. Call it the "Oilers Effect."[PuckDaddy]

  • If the draft lottery needs to be changed, here are five ideas to correct it.[TSN]

  • Do you believe in magic? Or are you like the NHL GMs that would like to openly address the "Patrick Kane Loophole" that the Blackhawks exploited in last year's playoffs?[TSN]

  • The NHL will have to do some spinning now that the NFL has acknowledged a link between CTE and football injuries.[The HockeyNews]

  • A glitch in EA Sports NHL 16 makes the shootout especially entertaining for fans and dangerous to shooters.[BarDown]