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The Bruins dropped their fifth game in a row, losing 3-2 to Tampa Bay

Boston Bruins v Tampa Bay Lightning
Is it time to panic, yet?
Photo by Mark LoMoglio/NHLI via Getty Images

The Bruins fell to the Lightning 3-2 last night in Tampa Bay. Next up- the Panthers on Saturday night at 7:00PM on NESN.

  • Three quick takes from last night include concerns about the performance of the middle forward lines. Bruins Daily
  • And the slump contunues at five games. A Zdeno Chara fight was accompanied by a Patrice Bergeron goal for the second night in a row. John Moore took responsibility for a mixed performance. Boston Globe
  • Unnecessary penalties and listless power plays signal that the Bruins are in panic mode. The good news? This can be reversed. WEEI
  • There is method in the unpredictability of David Pastrnak- if he doesn’t know precisely what he’s going to do with the puck, neither do his opponents. Bruce Cassidy has tailored his approach to the young star. TSN
  • There is one key thing the Bruins need to do to aid Pastrnak, and if Chris “Knuckles” Nilan is suggesting it, you can guess what it is. (With link to audo) WEEI
  • Next up for the Bruins? A visit with with the Panthers. Fox Sports
  • Meanwhile, in Providence, Forward Tommy Marchin has been called up from the ECHL Gladiators. Providence Bruins
  • Providence just ended a six-game win streak recently, and has benefitted from a balanced offense. Bonus- Jakub Lauko may not heal in time for the World Junior Championship. Causeway Crowd
  • Jack Edwards shared a few thoughts in Tampa Bay about what sort of job suits his talents, video review, and skiing. Tampa Bay Times
  • Torey Krug found some humor in teammate Brett Ritchie’s calculating comments postgame. @ToreyKrug

NHL Standings:

  • The Bruins still top the Atlantic Division NHL, still trail the Capitals in both the Eastern Conference NHL as well as the NHL overall, with the Islanders creeping up behind. (Standings have been pretty sticky, but links are NOT STATIC) NHL
  • David Pastrnak remains the NHL’s top goal scorer- he and Brad Marchand are still among the Offensive Leaders, the latter in every category. Marchand and Zdeno Chara remain among the Plus/Minus Leaders. On the netminding side and despite the team’scurrent funk, Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak remain solidly among the leaders within spitting distance of each other in every category but wins. (Links are NOT STATIC) NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: STILL undefeated- the Maple Leafs let in three goals in the third to lose 4-2. The Geoff Ward Flames’ win streak is now 7 games. NHL The reasons behind Tim Thomas’ retirement and vanishing act merit our sympathy rather than blithe bunker jokes. CBS Boston
  • This list of the top 20 unrestricted free agents includes several key Bruins. The Hockey News
  • The Bruins are now breathing rarified air among Forbes’ billion-dollar valued NHL teams, joining four other Original Six opponents. The Hockey News
  • The lowly Devils appear to be rethinking last season’s splashy acquisitions and may now look to move three key players- COLLECT THEM ALL! Sporting News
  • As noted in the game thread last night, a horrific injury to OHL IceDogs goalie Tucker Tynan has left him in stable condition following surgery last night. (With disturbing video) Sportsnet