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Fresh Links: Clean Sweep

In a stunning twist, both the Penguins and Lightning were swept from the first round.

NHL: Stanley Cup Playoffs-Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning
Brad Marchand and Steven Stamkos (in the handshake line, May 2018)
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins take another crack at the Maple Leafs in Toronto tonight, tune in at 7:00PM on NESN (or even NBSCN.)

  • The kid stays in the picture- expect to see the Patrice Bergeron/Brad Marchand/David Pastrnak line remain intact for the start of tonight’s Game #4. Here’s hoping that meetings with Jay Pandolfo bear fruit for the trio. NHL
  • Missing on Monday in Game #3 was the physicality that the Bruins used to their advantage in Game #2, WEEI
  • For the Bruins, Special Teams surprisingly... weren’t. Boston Herald
  • Much depends upon the Bergeron line. Bonus- Game #3 shot attempt heatmaps. HockeyBuzz
  • The possibility of John Moore and/or Marcus Johansson returning tonight will be a game-time call. 985 The Sports Hub
  • Some notes from yesterday include that Jake DeBrusk just doesn’t quite look like himself. WEEI
  • Dear David Pastrnak- SNAP OUT OF IT! 985 The Sports Hub
  • Manipulating time and space, stealthy, healthy David Krejci is having a career year. NHL
  • Among three observations from Monday’s loss- who would have predicted that Charlie Coyle would be the standout Bruin in the series so far? Bruins Daily
  • WHO’S A GOOD BOY? Are you surprised to see Brad Marchand calm, cool, and collected? ESPN
  • A pair of University of Denver Pioneers have put friendship aside for this series. Toronto Sun
  • Currently in the ECHL, Jesse Gabrielle has been placed on unconditional waivers. StatsStyleScore
  • Remember, fans- whatever the game’s outcome, don’t be THAT GUY. NBC Boston

From behind enemy lines:

  • The Leafs shut down the Bruins’ top line in Game #3. HockeyBuzz
  • Mitch Marner is rolling out his new two-way game. CBC
  • Nazem Kadri may have just done his bosses a big favor. Forbes

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The Lightning’s sudden departure means the Blue Jackets await their opponent in the Conference Semifinal. Officer Bobrovsky was on the beat. WEEI History was made. CBS Boston
  • Barry Trotz’s Islanders swept the Flightless Birds (been there, done that) and await either the Capitals or Hurricanes. Newsday The news is just sinking in. Lighthouse Hockey
  • WHO’S NOT A GOOD BOY? Former Bruin Colin Miller was on the receiving end of Evander Kane’s ire, which earned the latter a game misconduct- the Vegas DJ trolled with it. Yahoo
  • WHO’S NOT A GOOD BOY, Part Deux. Is there something in the Sharks’ Gatorade? Former Bruin Joe Thornton will sit out Game #4, for reasons. Mercury News
  • When officials swallow their whistles in the playoffs, issues can snowball into greater problems. Bonus- a graphic on the number of penalties drawn v. taken this season, by team. The Hockey Writers