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"Wishin' and hopin' and thinkin' and prayin' ... Plannin' and dreamin' each night..."

The Spoked B makes the rounds at TD Garden
The Spoked B makes the rounds at TD Garden
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Up next, the Red Wings arrive at TD Garden on Thursday at 7:00PM.

  • If you understandably prefer your bad news in small doses, swallow these five bullet points from last evening's loss to the Hurricanes. One bright spot was Zdeno Chara stepping in for the save.[WEEI]

  • It just figures that Noah Hanifin , whom the Bruins tried so hard to acquire, won it for the Hurricanes in the shootout.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Don't even try try to blame Tuukka Rask .[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Ultimately, it came down to a lack of finish.[BruinsDaily]

  • Not only is there no further margin for error to make the playoffs, the Bruins fate is now out of their hands.[WEEI]

  • No more "Boston D Party." The projected troubles on defense have come home to roost as predicted earlier this season.[ScoutingPost]

  • Don't sharpen the pichforks, fans, shootout lineups are planned in advance and based on studies of the opposing goalie. (With audio, 1:11:25)[Hockeybuzz]

  • Now the season has come down to wishin', hopin', thinkin', prayin', waiting, and watching.[BostonHerald]

  • At least a stint in Providence seemed to help Colin Miller , and Kevan Miller returned to action playing a solid 19:41 minutes.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Will the Bruins squeak into the playoffs? Discuss![ESPN]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • An overview of the playoff race so far- In the East, Johnny Boychuk and the Islanders are IN. A mess of former Bruins now are IN with the Panthers Who'd have predicted that?[PuckDaddy]

  • Team by team, here is one truth realized as a result of observing the regular NHL season.[USAToday]

  • Horrors! Peter Chiarelli is trying to "Bruinize" the Oilers! (First step: Miss the playoffs?!?) (With video)[Sportsnet]

  • Thirty Thoughts includes a long take on the concussion lawsuit, shows some love for older NHL players, and sympathy for Steven Stamkos .[Sportsnet]

  • Even if your team doesn't make the playoffs, here are the top 10 best possible first-round matchups. Drink up, enjoy. (With video)[Sportsnet]

  • Whoa, if that were Brad Marchand, would we be now be celebrating this Steven Kampfer hip check? (With video)[TheHockeyNews]

  • You may not have noticed, but NHL officials have an on-ice pregame ritual in memory of two recently lost colleagues.[ScoutingTheRefs]