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How easy was it for the Flames to beat the Bruins? Walrus in net easy.

NHL: FEB 25 Flames at Bruins
Rittichulous! (David Rittich) Throw the man a fish, he made it look walrus easy.
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The Flames burned the Bruins last night 5-2. Next up? The Dallas Stars arrive to play on Thursday at 7:00PM on NESN.

  • Looking ahead, here’s the matchup against Dallas. Fox Sports
  • About last night- Brad Marchand scored a shorty, which was nice. A trio of observations from the game. Bruins Daily
  • In fact, Marchand used the opportunity to be, well, Brad Marchand. (With video) Kukla’s Korner
  • This loss followed on the heels of an embarassing loss to the Canucks, and only the fourth line seemed to fight to the finish. Boston Herald
  • Some Bruins came to play, some... not so much. Bruce Cassidy was not pleased. MassLive
  • It might have helped Nick Ritchie in his debut to have compared notes with his brother, Brett. WEEI
  • Welcome Wagner? The Bruins’ resident former Duck (Hizzoner Chris Wagner) was available to help by taking the newest Bruins... under his wing. Metro West Daily News
  • Size matters, just not how you think it does, as D.J. Bean explains. NBC Sports Boston
  • Bruce Cassidy has some looming decisions about his lineup. Bonus- news of former Bruins now in Anaheim. Boston Globe
  • Don Sweeney gonna Don Sweeney- he freed cap space with an eye on the future. HockeyBuzz
  • Congratulations! Jaroslav Halak was feted pregame in honor of playing his 500th career NHL game. (Video, 3:40) Bruins NHL

NHL Standings:

  • In the President’s Trophy race, despite last night (and Saturday’s) hiccup, the Bruins are atop the Atlantic Division NHL, the Eastern Conference NHL, and the NHL overall. The Lightning also lost last night, and are behind by 5 points. and the Capitals are tied with the Blues 6 points back. (Standings have been pretty sticky, but links are NOT STATIC) NHL
  • David Pastrnak is the top NHL sniper, Brad Marchand is among the assists leaders, and both are among points leaders. On the netminding side, Tuukka Rask has dropped a bit but remains among GAA, save percentage, and shutout leaders. Jaroslav Halak is still among the leaders in all but save percentage. (Links are NOT STATIC) NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: Guess which young Swede was included in this Top 10 list of prospects moved prior to trade dealine? The Hockey News Which were among the 5 NHLers who were winners or losers at the buzzer? The Hockey News It is sad for Boston to play a part in a disappointment for Joe Thornton AGAIN. Sportsnet
  • Interestingly, and despite two straight losses, guess who is atop this power ranking post trade deadline? Boston Herald
  • Now that the whirlwind media tour is over for David Ayers (as seen here in video clips @NHL), the NHL is again looking to meet with the NHLPA to seek a better long-term solution for EBUG situations. Sportsnet
  • This little Dungeons and Dragons piece slots Nick Ritchie (“You beautiful, chubby-cheeked menace...”) into The Alignment System. In what ways is he like Draco Malfoy or Huck Finn? Anaheim Calling
  • With a side of snark, this columnist skewers the weaknesses of each Canadian NHL team. Portage Citizen
  • Stage managing how Toronto will lose will be key to helping Maple Leafs fans cope this season. Bonus- one notable opponent can help with a first-round exit in the playoffs, as usual. NO, REALLY! The Beaverton