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Tampa Bay Lightning v Boston Bruins
Remember this one, and mark your calendars for the next.
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The Bruins droped a chippy game to the Lightning on Saturday 5-3. Up next? They visit the Flyers tomorrow night at 7:00PM on NESN.

  • A single lamentable power play (!) at the outset of the game left the Bruins playing catch-up hockey. Boston Herald
  • It is hard to bottle Lightning once it has been released. Boston Globe
  • For Boston, emotion came a bit late and came up a bit short in the end. Patriot Ledger
  • The entertainment value in a potential playoff matchup is undeniable. MassLive
  • The ante has been upped for the next meeting between the two teams. Bonus- a recap of all the penaties, including a Lightning assistant coach being ejected. HockeyBuzz
  • A quick recap of some truculence and some quirky events includes an overlooked goal that Toronto had to step in and confirm. The Score
  • The power play was ultimately a mixed bag for the night, but it is too soon to despair. NBC Sports Boston
  • There’s good news in the way Boston handled the increasing chippiness. Bruins Daily
  • Meanwhile, in Providence, the PBruins are on an absolute TEAR, and one notable milestone reached matches an accomplishment from the last Calder Cup winning season. Rinkside Rhode Island
  • Even Jack Edwards was the object of ire postgame for portions of his commentary. (With video, links) Sporting News Counterpoint- check out this odd comment made on air by another broadcaster. (0:06) Streamable, via Reddit
  • Lend your ears to our own Dan Ryan, who was the guest invited to review the State of the Bruins at the 34 mark of the regular season. (audio 8:21) 92.9 The Ticket

NHL Standings:

  • The Bruins are atop the Atlantic Division NHL, the Eastern Conference NHL, and the NHL overall. The Lightning and Blues trail by 6 points. (Standings have been pretty sticky, but links are NOT STATIC) NHL
  • David Pastrnak is once again the top NHL sniper, Brad Marchand is among the assists leaders, and both are among points leaders. For defensemen, Torey Krug remains among both points and assists leaders. On the netminding side, Tuukka Rask is top dog in GAA, and is among both the save percentage leaders and shutout leaders. Jaroslav Halak is still among the leaders in all but save percentage. (Links are NOT STATIC) NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Got milestones? There are two Bruins players among six NHLers poised to break the 100 point marker this season. The Hockey News
  • Number one was raised to the rafters in Florida as the Panthers honored Roberto Luongo. (Video, 5:30) NHL
  • Mika Zibanejad had himself a multiple NHL record matching night for the Rangers against the Capitals. NHL
  • The flow must go on- MinneFlowta has risen from the dead! The All Hockey Hair Team was resurrected in the name of charity. Bonus- one finalist sported “the Flaming Hot Cheeto.” Enjoy. (Video, 6:56) YouTube
  • Meanwhile, in the NWHL, the Boston Pride appear to be the frontrunners for the Isobel Cup- how do they and their competitors measure up? The Hockey News
  • NBCSports fielded a notable team to cover the Blackhawks v. Blues game on Saturday, and hopefully this will be the last time it will be newsworthy. Bonus- other notes from around the hockey world. ESPN