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The best of the best in the Eastern Conference clash in Boston tonight

Tampa Bay Lightning v Boston Bruins - Game Seven
Thursday Throwback (Nathan Horton, game seven of the ECF on 5/27/2011)
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The best team in the NHL faces their nearest Eastern Conference and Atlantic Divsion rivals, the surging Bruins, tonight at TD Garden at 7:30PM on NBCSN.

  • Tonight’s match against the Lightning will be telling for the postseason. The two teams will have another pair of chances to circle each other warily before the playoffs. Patriot Ledger
  • The NHL’s number three and number one teams face off tonight, with more than bragging rights at stake. NHL
  • Tampa Bay is coming in off their 10th straight win last night in New York against the Rangers in overtime. Hope they’re tired! News Times
  • Zdeno Chara looks to be back in fine fettle again this season. WEEI
  • Having missed practice at Warrior Arena, the update on Noel Acciari has him spending quality time with his dentist, and not looking good to play tonight. Patrice Bergeron and Kevan Miller are a different story.
  • Kirk Luedeke offers his take on “the new guys.” Amigo Reed Duthie was dead on that the Bruins were looking at Marcus Johansson a while ago. Scouting Post
  • Peter Cehlarik and Karson Kuhlman are back from assignment to Providence. With the new guys, where would they slot back in the lineup? Causeway Crowd
  • That long-sought secondary scoring has appeared in the absence of David Pastrnak. When he returns, just don’t move streaking Jake DeBrusk from David Krejci’s left wing! Causeway Crowd
  • Dan Vladar has been honing his craft in Providence. Bruins Daily

NHL Standings:

  • The Bruins have climbed to 3rd in the NHL overall, NHL now are 2nd in the Eastern Conference, NHL and hold 2nd place in the Atlantic Division, ahead of the Maple Leafs by a single point. NHL Currently sitting in the first Wild Card slot are the Canadiens, now eight points behind Boston, followed by the Penguins. NHL (Note- links are NOT static)

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: One-Eyed Yeti Carl Soderberg scored his first shootout goal ever (as a teammate was too nervous to watch Streamable, 0:34) for the win as the Avalanche bested the Canucks. Denver Post Adam McQuaid cited the jitters in his overdue debut with the Blue Jackets. John Tortorella fesses up to having been a longtime fan of his. Columbus Dispatch Our chums have a gut response to signing Dennis Seidenberg for their playoff run- do tell us how you feel! NO, REALLY! Lighthouse Hockey
  • Willie O’Ree was honoured by the Canadian Ambassador in Washington, DC, and this may be the warmup for yet another international accolade. NHL
  • Seth Jones has written about his journey to the NHL- a charming piece for everyone but his mother to enjoy. Players Tribune
  • Who is overrated? Underrated? NHL players dish the dirt. Patrice Bergeron was third behind the usual suspects for best all-around player in the poll. TSN The original article offers the top five in other categories- who has the best/worst fans, best/worst city to visit, which coach would you most prefer/least enjoy playing for, and which goaltender would you want on your team in the playoffs? No Bruins appeared in the results for any of those questions. (Hard paywall) The Athletic
  • At least Patrice Bergeron’s sweater outsells Connor McDavid’s... top 10 in sales are listed here. BarDown
  • Pierre McGuire is taking no chances after his close shave, he caught this puck behind the glass. (Video, 0:08) Streamable
  • It wouldn’t be winter without pond hockey at -31C. (Video) Instagram