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Fresh Links: Home Stretch

The Bruins close out their season this weekend with two final home games

Ryan Donato collects the fistbumps of his teammates

Last night the Panthers bested the Bruins 3-2, and we’ll see them again to close out the regular season on Sunday. Up next tomorrow night, Boston hosts the Senators at 7:00 PM on NESN.

  • Tampa Bay now focuses on winning their last two games to take the Eastern Conference. Ryan Donato and Danton Heinen notched the two Bruins tallies, and Tuukka Rask kept 32 of 35 attempts out of his net. MassLive
  • Once again the Bruins spotted an opponent two goals, including a tally from Frank Vatrano. Playing from behind (and WINNING) can be thrilling, but has it begun to disrupt the team’s ability to close out opponents? Boston Globe
  • Decisions, decisions- should Boston focus on rest or a push to finish at the top of the Eastern Conference? WEEI
  • Here are the lessons from last night, and a summary of first round scenarios.
  • Brandon Carlo is out, will Adam McQuaid or Nick Holden be the Bruin to fill his skates? Bonus- Noel Acciari answers the call both at center as well as in the fisticuffs department. Boston Herald
  • Cheer up- meeting the Maple Leafs in the first round isn’t so bad. CBS Boston
  • Viewers may have notice a curious glitch in the NESN Plus feed that was mentioned in our game thread last night. Streamable
  • The AHL has recognized Austin Czarnik, which should come as no surprise to his teammates. Providence Bruins

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Here’s how the top three Eastern Conference finshers compare, and the strengths and weaknesses of each. The Score
  • Because it is STILL ALL ABOUT BRAD MARCHAND, even as the Sedin twins played their final home game before retirement. BarDown
  • 31 kudos- each NHL team had one player who had a heck of a season flying under the radar. until now. Hockey News