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Patrice Bergeron holds himself and his teammates to account.

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Patrice Bergeron warming up for the Winter Classic
Patrice Bergeron warming up for the Winter Classic
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It has been pretty quiet on the Bruins front today.

  • Patrice Bergeron asserts that this season was on the players, not the coach. He addressed the final Ottawa game, the sting of the fruitless Western road trip, that Zdeno Chara is his captain, and his optimism for his young teammates coming up. Enjoy the charming picture of his family! (Google translation from French)[RDS]

  • If the Bruins can land a solid defenseman for him, Ryan Spooner should be moved. Discuss.[CausewayCrowd]

  • If Chris Kelly and the Bruins can agree on a modest price, he should stay- his contributions are important. Discuss.[BostonHerald]

  • David Pastrnak found the silver lining to his foot injury, and can look forward to a better season next year, as his defensive play improves to match his offensive talent and spirit.[Boston.CBSLocal]

  • Here are the highs, lows, and the 'meh' from the Providence Bruins' weekend that was. Lordy, look at the injured list![ProvidenceJournal]

  • Listen up! Fill your ears with some Sunday Skate chat about the Bruins. D.J. Bean and Pete Blackburn breathe a rational sigh of relief that there was no knee-jerk firing of Claude Julien, and explain why. (Audio, 49:23)[WEEI]

  • Listen up! Part Deux- Jeff Marek and Greg Wyshynski catch us all up on the various playoff series results, and then complain about video review and advocate killing the coach's challenge for offside with fire. (Audio, 48:16)[PuckDaddy]

  • The Boston Marathon was a great success for the Bruins Foundation, whose supporters raised $170k running to benefit the charity.[Bruins.NHL]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Sean McIndoe goes to the dirty areas to recap the dark underbelly of playoff hockey thus far.[ViceSports]

  • Don't be ashamed of being a bandwagon hockey fan. Embrace it.[Hockeybuzz]

  • The South Korean Olympic hockey team will sport some newly minted citizens, including former Bruin Matt Dalton and a number of former Canadians.[PuckDaddy]

  • The coach's challenge system is starting to be the real challenge in playoff games.[TheGlobeAndMail]

  • The Springfield (MA) Falcons are headed to warmer climes, having just been acquired by the Arizona Coyotes.[MassLive]

  • Some beer leaguers tried smelling salts. Read the package ingredients, and then hear their first impressions- "Wasabi!" "Cat box!" (Video, 3:39) [YouTube,viaReddit]

  • A few former Bruins have kind words about each other as the Panthers and Islanders duke it out in their first round series.[SunSentinel]

  • Perhaps the biggest news in this story is that the 6'8" winner apparently fits in the vehicle he won.[BarDown]

  • This year's Kentucky Derby favorite is a colt named for a Detroit Red Wing.[DetroitFreePress]