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Familiar Territory

We’ve been here before near the end of the season

Boston Bruins v Winnipeg Jets
That knowing glance- Tuukka Rask
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The Bruins host the Lightning tonight at 7:00 PM on NESN. Surprise! It is a must-win game. Be prepared to hear that a lot over the next couple of weeks.

  • Plenty of shots, lack of finish- it’s déjà vu all over again. The system that Bruce Cassidy brought to Boston is now a known commodity. Boston Globe
  • By the way that thud you heard last night was the Bruins falling into the final available Eastern Conference playoff spot as the second wild card team. MassLive
  • Never mind. Clairvoyant Marc Savard has good news for Bruins fans! WEEI
  • The Bruins don’t look like a playoff bound team from what we’ve seen this week. Those critical final minutes of any given period seem to yield goals for opponents with uncanny regularity. WEEI
  • Frank Vatrano’s streak without a goal has coincided with the Bruins’ recent tough spell. Providence Journal
  • Bring back Peter Cehlarik. He has been the best fit with David Krejci and David Pastrnak. If not, how about a look at Jake DeBrusk? Boston Herald
  • His earlier whirlwind tour of the NHL (and ECHL) cued Zane McIntyre in on what areas of his performance needed work. As a result, his numbers currently lead the AHL. NHL
  • Congratulations to Providence Bruins captain Tommy Cross , who is having the best season of his pro career and has just hit a big milestone. Bruins Daily

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Former Bruin Bobby Carpenter is teaming with the Pride’s Denna Laing to run the Boston Marathon. (With video) CBS Boston
  • Are those welcome win streaks (or lamentable losing streaks) late in the season an early indication of a team’s playoff performance? The Hockey News
  • And while we’re at it, is winning the President’s Trophy a jinx? I’m asking for a friend... Columbus Dispatch
  • An unusual goof by Mike Babcock fortunately didn’t cost his Maple Leafs in their game against the Blue Jackets. Puck Daddy
  • Peter Laviolette’s favorite challenge as an NHL coach is initiating the offsides challenge that inevitably follows an opponent’s goal. NO, REALLY! Elbow News