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Playoff hopes, that is

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Well, this poor octopus was NOT alive, at any rate
Well, this poor octopus was NOT alive, at any rate
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So long, and thanks for all the octopus! With their playoff hopes on the line, the Bruins host the Senators tomorrow at 12:30PM in a dreaded matinee game.

  • Toronto's review of David Pastrnak 's goal held up, and Brad Marchand followed with a tally of his own all in the first three minutes of the game.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Last night the Bruins' posession numbers were strong, effort was sustained, and we'll have to wait until Saturday to see if it all pays off.[WEEI]

  • The Bruins now have three 30 goal scorers and Brad Marchand has a new car. Bonus: Understand the Bruins' playoff scenarios, and how the Senators, Red Wings, and Flyers may all affect the outcome.[Hockeybuzz]

  • Relish these five highlights of the game, including a very happy Tweet from Torey Krug 's brother.[WEEI]

  • Don't let his numbers fool you, the reintroduction of Max Talbot into the lineup paid off with dividends. Here's what you may have missed. Bonus: Dennis Seidenberg 's and Brett Connolly 's situations are fluid as the season comes to a close.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Enough already. The "fire Claude Julien" contingent needs to put a lid on it.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • One Julien decision, to cancel the morning skate, seemed to do exactly what the Bruins coach hoped.[ProvidenceJournal]

  • Chris Kelly is on ice skating after his November injury and striving to return to his team, but must be realistic in his rehabilitation.[PatriotLedger]

  • Cam Neely is painfully aware that his team left points on the table all year long. Despite modest initial projections for the team's success, they could well have clinched a playoff spot much sooner.[Boston.CBSLocal]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The doping scandal surrounding Team Russia U-18 may balloon to affect the NHL draft value of young Russian players.[TheGlobeAndMail]

  • The Holdouts: Only 67 of 728 NHL players still refuse to wear a visor. Older players may still opt out, but may change their stubborn minds (as the Staal brothers did) after a serious injury hits close to home.[NationalPost]

  • The shot of a lifetime from the blueline won a Solar Bears fan one fat check. (With video)[BarDown]

  • Jack Edwards struggled last night with the pronunciation of one Red Wing's name. His colleagues at Sportsnet noticed...(Incriminating video, 0:22)[Sportsnet]

  • ... just as they noticed the flight of the octopus in the third period.(Video, 1:09)[Sportsnet]

  • Travis Yost assesses the effect of coaching as far as managing lines for maximum productivity.[TSN]