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From the Branches: B-ruined

Boston leapfrogs Leafs for the second slot in Atlantic, but with the Leafs having three games in hand, is it sustainable?

Edmonton Oilers v Boston Bruins

No, Leafs just have to win a lot.

The angst of hunting a playoff spot

Boston Bruins Now Second In The Atlantic Division | Fox Sports
"While the B’s can take a moment to enjoy their win, they can not be complacent now. Ottawa has four games in hand against Boston. Toronto has three. The only thing the Bruins can do now is to floor the accelerator and hang on for dear life."

Leafs lose 5-3 to Habs, can’t have nice things | PPP
"Despite being injured, this is a Habs team that has beat the Leafs 1395712895712 times in a row (all numbers approximate), and with Carey Price in net, they’re never much of an underdog."

"The Bruins need scoring and desperately need more size on the wing and there just so happens to be a player out there available via trade that fits both of those categories."

Could James van Riemsdyk be a Boston trade target? | SCOC
Oh yah we're in a playoff race with the Bruins so let's give this solid, productive player to them. How bout no.

Maple Leafs drop 13th straight to Canadiens in thriller | Sportsnet
That's a lot of games for Seldo to hang the Habs flag in front of his house.

Toronto Maple Leafs Rumors: Dreger On Shattenkirk | Editor in Leaf
"Dreger didn’t suggest the Toronto Maple Leafs are actively after Shattenkirk, but did note his desire to play on the East Coast – which potentially puts the Leafs out of the running."

Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock bothered by long break | Toronto Sun
I bet the time off makes for injuries when players return. :/

Young talent, solid structure stoke Maple Leafs’ Cup dream | NY Post
"The Maple Leafs awakened in playoff position Saturday morning even if this is not a playoffs-or-bust season. But earning a tournament spot is within reason. Great things are within reason when young talent is nurtured in a structured, winning environment."

Garbowsky’s first pro hat trick leads Eagles to win over Solar Bears | Don Money
“Following a so-so performance on Friday, the Colorado Eagles felt they had something to prove to their fans and maybe to themselves in Saturday’s rematch with the Orlando Solar Bears at the Budweiser Events Center.”


John Tortorella’s Blue Jackets have stunned NHL | Newsday
"The Blue Jackets’ 16-game winning streak, which ended just shy of an NHL record and just before the Rangers visited Saturday night, was more than impressive. It was just plain different."

6 current players to be named in NHL’s 100 greatest players list | Sportsnet
“We can (only) speculate here, but you know that (Sidney) Crosby is going to be there, the Stanley Cups in Chicago with (Jonathan) Toews and (Patrick) Kane (are going to be there), and there’s even some talk about maybe (Drew) Doughty, Duncan Keith or (Zdeno) Chara being on the list.”

Patrik Laine leaves game for Jets | NHL
"Winnipeg Jets rookie forward Patrik Laine left the game Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres after an open-ice hit by Buffalo defenseman Jake McCabe in the third period."

I hope he’s OK. I want the Calder race to be exciting and close: