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Don’t give up the ship.

Per-Johan Axelsson...
For old times sake- P.J. Axelsson sporting the Pooh jersey

The Bruins must come up with answers, having fallen to a 2 games to 1 deficit in their second round series against the Blue Jackets . They’re back at it again tomorrow night in Columbus at 7:30PM on NBCSN.

  • Forget the cannon! What you hear is the Bruins goal horn not sounding, and the Bruins’ top line not scoring. Time is not on Boston’s side to find an answer. Sports Illustrated
  • The answers are few, and questions are many. WEEI
  • You can Czech this one off the list- a trial run of David Pastrnak on the third line did not bear fruit. But benching him? Really? WEEI
  • Boston’s vaunted power play underwhelmed, and an uncharacteristic and badly timed penalty by Patrice Bergeron negated one entirely. 985 The Sports Hub
  • Among observations from the game, the Bruins’ second period woes are real. (NO 1B!) Bruins Daily
  • Those who do not learn from history will end up like the Lightning. Well, maybe not swept, but... CBC
  • Is it physicality that has stymied the Bruins against the Blue Jackets? The Hockey News
  • Brad Marchand is clearly frustrated, and we all know jolly well what follows on the heels of that. Deadspin
  • Well, hooray for Sergei Bobrovsky, “...who is having the best postseason of his career thus far.” Aren’t the Bruins lucky? Patriot Ledger
  • Former Bruin Riley Nash has been in the spotlight after his Game #1 hit on David Krejci. Boston Herald
  • Cheer up, though, there are four reasons for optimism as the Bruins head into Game #4. WEEI
  • What do we know about the history of naming Boston’s hockey team? The rest of the story, which includes identifying Bessie Moss, was featured right here at Stanley Cup of Chowder

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In other Stanley Cup Playoff news, the Sharks’ Logan Couture notched a hat trick in their win- the Avalanche now trail 2 games to 1 in their second round series. NHL
  • The Bettman has been summoned to speak before a parliamentary subcommittee regarding concussions in sports. The line of questioning is expected to mirror that of the heads of other pro sports leagues who have already testified. Ken Dryden offers his own 15 queries. National Post
  • Call it cheating or gamesmanship, there is a long history of questionable tactics being used to gain advantage in the playoffs. Some are quite creative. Columbus Dispatch
  • The artiste behind many memorable NHL goalie masks, Sylvie Marsolais, (Instagram, Sylabrush) is literally underwater. She has set up a Go Fund Me in hopes of recovering her business. Anton Khudobin is among those who have responded.
  • Trade proposals from the Predators- it is time for the Flightless Birds to move Sidney Crosby and for the Rangers to cough up Mika Zibanejad. In return? FORMER BRUINS! NO, REALLY! On The Forecheck