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Remember this stretch if Bruins settle for wild card spot (or worse?)

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In the last 48 hours, the Boston Bruins have dropped significant games to two teams their jostling for playoff positioning with in the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators. In both instances, they were regulation defeats.

Tyler Bozak sealed Boston’s fate on Monday, while Kyle Turris scored the clincher in a 3-2 win tonight.

With that, the Senators have a six-point lead over the Bruins for second in the Atlantic with a game in hand. At this point, the Senators are more fixated on catching the Canadiens for first in the division … while there’s a serious risk for Boston to slip into a wild card spot (or even worse).

Check out Toronto breathing down Boston’s neck for the third spot in the Atlantic:

Bruins: 82 points in 73 games played
Maple Leafs: 81 points in 71 GP

Yeah, this three-game losing streak stings for the Bruins, particularly these last two. Then again, it’s been the story of the season in some ways, as Boston’s lost key points against these two rivals:

Yikes.

Video: Torey Krug goes coast-to-coast for impressive Bruins goal

If there’s one obvious choice for a Boston Bruins defenseman who would benefit from the team’s increased emphasis on attacking, it would be Torey Krug.

Usually that means advancing the puck in transition and being a little more aggressive in offensive support … but every now and then, Krug turns on the jets and creates chances more or less by himself.

Tuesday presented one of his most impressive moments, as he made it look way too easy going coast-to-coast to score a goal against the Ottawa Senators. You wonder if Erik Karlsson felt a tinge of jealousy in that moment.

Bozak comes up big again as Maple Leafs grab huge win against Bruins

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Technically, a very late Dominic Moore goal keeps Tyler Bozak‘s 2-1 tally from being the game-winner for the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Boston Bruins. It essentially was on Monday, though.

The Maple Leafs piled on some empty-netters, so the score ended up being 4-2, a misleading margin of victory as Bozak’s go-ahead goal broke a 1-1 tie with less than two minutes remaining in regulation.

Earlier in March, Bozak scored a huge goal in Toronto’s win against the Philadelphia Flyers, so a once-maligned forward is coming up clutch for the Buds.

(Judging by the responses to this post on Twitter, Bruins fans believed that the Maple Leafs received the benefit of a few whistles.)

With this regulation win, the Maple Leafs swept their season series against the Bruins.

They’re now in striking distance of passing the Bruins for third in the Atlantic:

Bruins – 82 points in 72 games
Maple Leafs – 81 points in 71 GP

The modest immediate concern is grabbing a playoff spot, and in that regard, this win creates some nice breathing room for Toronto:

Final wild card spot: Maple Leafs – 81 points in 71 GP

Islanders – 78 points in 71 GP
Lightning – 77 points in 71 GP

Every other non-playoff East team: 74 points or fewer.

The Maple Leafs can’t just sit back and relax during their final 11 games of the regular season, mind you, but they might just remember nights like these if their push ends up being successful.

That will be especially true if they can finish ahead of the Bruins.

Goalie nods: Rask faces Andersen in crucial Bruins-Leafs tilt

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Plenty at stake tonight at the ACC so, unsurprisingly, both the Bruins and Leafs are rolling with their No. 1s.

Tuukka Rask will get the call for Boston, his first action since getting yanked after allowing five goals on 17 shots in a loss to Edmonton on Thursday. Getting Rask out of the Oilers game might’ve been more precautionary than anything — it’s believed head coach Bruce Cassidy will go with the Finnish ‘tender both tonight and tomorrow, when the B’s host the Sens at TD Garden.

As playing Rask in back-to-backs would suggest, points are at a premium right now. Boston heads into tonight’s action just three points up on the Leafs for third in the Atlantic Division.

Speaking of the Leafs, they’ll stick with Frederik Andersen after a solid effort on Saturday — the Dane allowed two goals on 39 shots in a OT loss to the ‘Hawks, continuing his recent run of fine play. Andersen has been great in March, posting a 1.99 GAA and .940 save percentage, and tonight will look to remain undefeated against the Bruins this season (he’s 3-0-0).

Elsewhere…

Robin Lehner returns as Buffalo’s starter after sitting out Friday night. He’ll be up against Petr Mrazek, who gets another shot in goal for the host Red Wings after Jimmy Howard played over the weekend.

Pekka Rinne, who got a rest on Saturday (Juuse Saros got the call), will be in net when the Preds host the Coyotes in Nashville. No word yet on an Arizona starter.

— The Sharks have given backup Aaron Dell a bunch of work down the stretch, and that trend continues tonight in Dallas. The Stars will counter with Kari Lehtonen, who was yanked against San Jose earlier this month after giving up three goals on eight shots.

— Ever the workhorse, Cam Talbot will make yet another start after posting a 33-save shutout against Vancouver on Saturday. No word yet on who starts for the visiting Kings, after Jonathan Quick got the hook in last night’s loss to Calgary.

Bruins end Flames’ run at 10; Marchand is now your goals leader

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Hot take: the Boston Bruins will be able to handle Dougie Hamilton‘s center-ice goal (though Anton Khudobin likely will remain grumbling).

The Bruins rendered that gaffe fairly irrelevant on Wednesday as their big guns doused the Calgary Flames’ winning streak at 10 games by a decisive score of 5-2.

Brad Marchand also passed Sidney Crosby and the rest of the field in the Maurice Richard Trophy race, scoring his 36th goal of 2016-17:

Marchand added an assist as big names such as David Pastrnak (two goals) and David Backes (one goal) enjoyed strong nights in their own right. Backes’ goal was an especially promising sign, as he recovered from this injury scare:

Wednesday’s two points ties Marchand for the Art Ross lead at 76 points … it’s all very impressive stuff for a guy who’s clearly surpassed his “pest” label. (Not to say that he can’t still get under opponents’ skin, mind you.)

Wins like these remind us that the Bruins have been almost as hot as the Flames. Maybe most importantly, Boston seems increasingly above the wild card fray out East.

So, yeah, that Hamilton goal probably doesn’t mean much more than a blooper reel appearance and made some gentle film-room ribbing for Khudobin.