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David Pastrnak's goal broke the shutout, Loui Eriksson quickly followed, and Patrice Bergeron notched two in the flurry of scoring after the Bruins were already down 6-0

David Pastrnak working his magic
David Pastrnak working his magic
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Hang onto your hats, Bruins fans! A playoff berth is still in the balance, despite the loss to the Blackhawks .

  • In case you missed it, the Bruins left Tuukka Rask out to dry and took nearly half the game to warm up to the task at hand.[BruinsDaily]

  • This late season slump with the playoffs at stake all begins to look a tad familiar.[PuckDaddy]

  • Be careful what you wish for- five notes from the game include the observation that the Bruins without Dennis Seidenberg and Kevan Miller are not a better team, whatever you may think of their contracts and usage.[WEEI]

  • Torey Krug may have swallowed his disappointment at not being drafted in 2009, but was able to choose his employer as a result. The Bruins were one of three teams on his short list (pardon the pun.)[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Alex Khokhlachev and Austin Czarnik assisted both goals in the Providence Bruins' win over the Hershey Bears, Jeremy Smith saved 25 of 26 in the overtime win.[ProvidenceBruins]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The ECHL welcomes the new Railers team to Worcester, MA, marking the return of hockey to the city.[ECHL]

  • Rumor has it... Pavel Datsyuk may head home at the end of the season.[NBCSports]

  • There are different voting norms for different trophies. Let's play devil's advocate, and apply Jack Adams rules to the Hart Trophy election just for fun.[DownGoesBrown]

  • Steven Stamkos is lost for the season to the Lightning after surgery to fix an odd injury reminiscent of (one of) Adam McQuaid 's.[TSN]

  • John Scott has been duly Screeched In and now has been called up to play with the Canadiens . The internet explodes![BarDown]