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The Bruins dug themselves quite a hole last night.

NHL: Boston Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets
One bright spot? A Marchand to Bergeron shorthanded snipe.
Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins fell behind, battled back, but ultimately lost to the Blue Jackets 7-4 in Columbus. Call in the cavalry!

  • Three bullet points from the loss include Brad Marchand hitting a seasonal milestone. Bruins Daily
  • Bruce Cassidy noticed a few passengers last night, and shortened the bench. Boston Herald
  • Bad start! BAD! The loss marked an ignominious end to Tuukka Rask’s streak, but Boone Jenner notched his first career hat trick, which was nice. Boston Globe
  • They don’t ask how, just how many. The Blue Jackets goofed on Brad Marchand’s second goal. USA Today
  • Last night Charlie Coyle rode David Krejci’s wing, while Peter Cehlarik yielded his spot to Danton Heinen as things soured for the Bruins. Bonus- Brad Marchand has been behaving himself lately, Matt Grzelcyk had an MRI. Boston Herald
  • There were problems quietly swelling in the background near the end of Boston’s point streak that finally erupted. WEEI
  • One ray of sunshine? Down by four goals in the second period, the Bruins did not roll over and give up. 985 The Sports Hub
  • That 19 game point streak is reviewed in these 19 notes, beginning with that 1-0 win against the Capitals waaay back on January to one final plea to the NHL. Bruins Daily
  • One defenseman reported to be “playing with all kinds of swagger” of late is notably absent from PBruins practice this morning- might he be winging his way west? @MarkDivver Another PBruin (a forward) has reportedly been called up. @MarkDivver
  • Observations from the weekend that was in Providence includes mystifying officiating. Rinkside Rhode Island

NHL Standings:

  • The Bruins are 4th in the NHL overall, NHL and remain in second place both in the Eastern Conference NHL as well as the Atlantic Division, with one game in hand over and ahead of the Maple Leafs by four points. NHL The Wild Card slots are occupied by the Hurricanes and the Blue Jackets. NHL (Note- links are NOT static)

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Former Bruin Milan Lucic explains why he and Connor McDavid are players in the same category, for good reasons. Edmonton Sun
  • Derek Sanderson’s redemption story now has a script. The biopic “Turk” is another step closer to being brought to the big screen. Boston.com
  • 31 Thoughts- why indeed has Patrice Bergeron never won the Hart (#2)? Quit raging against your suspension for decking Johnny Boychuk, Jakub Voracek, history is NOT on your side (#22). The GMs are discussing a “Leggio Rule” (#26). Sportsnet
  • The theme of this NHL power ranking? You da REAL MVP. Sportsnet
  • Video game hockey has come a long way in 28 years. Marvel at the evolution of the graphics. (With video) BarDown