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St. Patrick’s Day pump up from Connor McGregor? CHECK!

NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins
Maybe the Bruins should have Connor McGregor do more of those pump-up, dressing room speeches?
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The Bruins won in overtime win 2-1 at home against the Blue Jackets on Saturday night. Next up, a trip to take on the Islanders tomorrow night at 7:00PM on NESN.

  • Nearly as frenetic as NESN’s Charlie Moore, visiting Irishman Connor McGregor gave a spirited interview between periods on Friday. (With video) NESN Brad Marchand was itching to score just to offer his own tribute, which he did. (With video) WEEI McGregor REALLY enjoyed the game at ice level, then wheeled gifts to the dressing room. (Video *NSFW* 0:57) Streamable, via Reddit
  • The Bruins broke their brief losing skid by breaking a bad habit or two. Patriot Ledger
  • Among three observations from the game, Patrice Bergeron hit another career bogie in the win. Bruins Daily
  • Jaroslav Halak made the big saves, and Jake DeBrusk returned to game action against Columbus. There was other good news on Saturday regarding David Pastrnak. HockeyBuzz
  • Connor Clifton answered the call to provide left-side defensive coverage without skipping a beat and earned praise from his coach. WEEI
  • Bruce Cassidy still does not have a complete picture of what he his team has to offer, in part because of one lingering, familiar issue. Boston Herald
  • Happy Birthday, Zdeno Chara! Wouldn’t Connor McGregor be an interesting wrestling opponent for the Boston captain? Boston Globe
  • It wouldn’t be St. Patrick’s Day without a Brad Marchand chirp at Torey Krug. BarDown

NHL Standings:

  • The Bruins rose to 3rd in the NHL overall, NHL and remain in second place both in the Eastern Conference NHL as well as the Atlantic Division, now 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:

  • In news former Bruins: Tim Schaller has scored his first AND second goals of the season (it had been nearly a year since his last goal.) Apparently the officiating by one of the usual suspects in the Stars v. Canucks game was, well, suspect. Yahoo Where do you suppose Anton Khudobin leared to do THAT? (Video, 0:31) Streamable, via Reddit. What a coincidence- Ryan Donato also notched a pair for the Wild in their 5-2 win over the Rangers. Odessa American
  • NHL linesman Brian Murphy was celebrated pregame on Saturday, with family on hand and gifts to recognize his officiating NHL game #2000. @ShawnHutcheon
  • It was 4-1, then finally a 6-2 rout. The Maple Leafs continue to frustrate their fans (karma for rude fan chants interrupting the national anthem? AGAIN?) Sportsnet At one point, it was only 4-1. Pension Plan Puppets Enjoy another obligatory head explody by Steve Dangle. He’s mad. (Video 10:08) YouTube
  • While we’re on the topic, schadenfreude in sports can be very insidious and malicious in unflattering ways. (With link to audio) NPR