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Brad Marchand hit the 100 point mark in the Bruins win

NHL: Boston Bruins at Columbus Blue Jackets
Pinball wizards- Brandon Carlo collided with Cam Atkinson, as Zdeno Chara coolly played on.
Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins are locked into playoff home ice advantage with a 6-2 win over the Blue Jackets and a little help from the Whalercanes. On to Minnesota for tomorrow night, 8:00PM on NESN.

  • In addition to his scoring milestone, Brad Marchand has been honored by the NHL. The man is en fuego! Bruins NHL
  • Aside from the win, other outcomes round the NHL helped the Bruins, but added insult to injury for the Blue Jackets’ chances to clinch a playoff berth. John Tortorella summed it up pretty well.
  • For two games, the Bruins couldn’t buy puck luck. Pinball wizard Jake DeBrusk changed all that with this improbable goal to open the scoring. CBS Sports
  • Debrusk scored another, four other Bruins lit the lamp, and Sergei Bobrovsky got the hook in the second period. Boston Herald
  • Marcus Johansson notched his first Bruin goal, at the 2:33 mark of the opening period. (Video, 0:54) Streamable, via Reddit
  • Karson Kuhlman is looking like the right winger that the Bruins sought all season. WEEI
  • Columbus remained off the scoreboard until the third period, Tuukka Rask saved 32 of 34 shots. 985 The Sports Hub
  • The Bruins are not in the clear, and still have issues to address as demonstrated by the previous losses to the Panthers and Red Wings. Sentinel & Enterprise
  • Bruins v. Maple Leafs tilts have always been fun- remember this first-round playoff series from fifty years ago, in which Bobby Orr was concussed? Kukla’s Korner
  • The horror- the Maple Leafs are facing the Bruins in the first round yet again. Mike Babcock is under pressure, Toronto has spared no expense, and yet something still seems amiss. Forbes
  • In Providence, the PBruins cling to the final playoff spot. Here’s an assessment of this week’s action. Rinkside Rhode Island

NHL Standings:

  • In a nutshell, here are the pairings and eliminated teams if the postseason began today. Sports Illustrated
  • In the Eastern conference picture following last night’s action, the Wild Card spots have, well, gone wild. NHL
  • In the Western Conference picture- congratulations to the Stars! NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Take a look back at Boston pro athletes’ first Tweets. No, that’s Kevin Millar, NOT Kevan Miller, by the way.
  • There were a few pranks on April Fool’s Day, here’s a synopsis. NBC Sports
  • The Lightning are sighing in relief after a team flight required an emergency landing last week. BarDown
  • You can buy Blake Wheeler’s former Boca Raton estate for pocket change- it would be a great spot for Stanley Cup parties. Chicago Tribune