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The Bruins are on the outside, looking in.

Sometimes playing on TV, sometimes watching on TV... Patrice Bergeron
Sometimes playing on TV, sometimes watching on TV... Patrice Bergeron
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The playoffs are almost set to enter the conference semifinals.

  • Patrice Bergeron is home in Quebec, and confesses that he changes the channel when watching playoff hockey gets to be too much. (Google translation)[LeJournalDeMontreal]

  • Bruce Cassidy is up for a promotion to Claude Julien's coaching staff. (Google translation)[TVA]

  • If the Bruins don't snap up UFA Zach Trotman, the Maple Leafs should because numbers.[GoodGriefLeaf]

  • NHL Draft Lottery is coming and hope springs eternal- the Bruins can hope to land Autson Matthews.[WEEI]

  • Several Providence Bruins stand out as players with potential. Brandon Carlo, Austin Czarnik, Frank Vatrano, and Zane McIntyre look like keepers.[BostonHerald]

  • McIntyre will be contending with Malcolm Subban to back up Tuukka Rask in Boston.[CBSSports]

  • Alex Khokhlachev and Seth Griffith were a successful partnership, although the Bruins can probably only keep one.[JuniorHockey]

  • A Bruins prospect from BU and one fresh from Yale will also push for roster spots.[TheHockeyWriters]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Team Finland are the U-18 champions, beating Sweden 6-1, and Team USA took bronze by pasting Team Canada.[TheHockeyNews]

  • The London (ON) Knights have sent a remarkable number of notable players on to the NHL.[TheNewYorkTimes]

  • How to recognize an overly conservative defensive structure, and how the constraints of that system may backfire.[JENLC13]

  • For the love of the game, one nomadic player hopes to make his name by playing hockey on all seven continents, piecing together a living along the way.[TheHockeyNews]