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No Bruins present at Wednesday NHL, NHLPA meetings

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No Bruins present at Wednesday NHL, NHLPA meetings

So far its not a complete and utter disaster, and thatregisters as good news in the bad news factory known as the NHL lockout.

The NHLPA and NHL met for roughly 90 minutes at the NHLoffices in New York City on Wednesday morning with the players making a fullproposal to Gary Bettman, Bill Daly and a collection of NHL owners. The twosides will meet again in the NHL offices following a break for lunch. Therewere nine players in attendance for the negotiating session along with Donaldand Steve Fehr leading the NHLPA staff.

Fehr, the NHLPA Executive Director, told reporters their latest offer is about as good aswe can do and said the two sides are about 182million apart over the course of a five-year deal. The players have also agreed to a strict percentage base for their Hockey Related Revenue (HRR) share, a move the league was demanding as part of the negotiations. That leaves room for some optimism even if there isn't expected to be a full agreement on this day. There were no Boston Bruinsplayers in attendance among the player contingent on Wednesday afternoon, justas there werent any Bs at the proceedings earlier this week.

According to the NHL, the players in attendance for Wednesdaysmeetings include: Adam Burish, Chris Campoli, Dan Cleary, Mathieu Darche, RonHainsey, Shawn Horcoff, Kevin Shattenkirk, Andy McDonald and Daniel Winnik.

The2012-13 regular season isnt lost if the two sides cant come to an agreementthis week, but the NHL is expected to officially cancel the NHL All-Star gameand at least two weeks worth of games if they hit another stalemate in CBAdiscussions.

Pastrnak on B's loss: "We kind of stopped playing"

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Pastrnak on B's loss: "We kind of stopped playing"

BOSTON – At the end of the day, it was simply a game where the Bruins allowed themselves to get outworked in the third period and overtime. 

The B’s held a three-goal lead in the second period and still enjoyed a two-goal lead in the third period, but eventually dropped a frustrating, futile 5-4 overtime loss to the Buffalo Sabres at TD Garden on Saturday night. It was clear to most speaking after the game that the Bruins eased up on the gas pedal once they’d scored their fourth goal of the game in the second period, and simply watched as the Sabres stomped all over them in the game’s second half. 

“I think we might have been a little bit too scared to play [in the third period], you know? We tried to just flip the pucks away, and didn’t make any plays trying to get it in the zone. Instead we should have just kept going like we did in the first two periods,” said David Pastrnak, who scored a pair of goals early in the loss to allow the Bruins to build up the three-goal lead. “Obviously we’re disappointed. We got one point. I think we didn’t play our game in the third period. We kind of stopped playing and they were all over us, and you know, it’s on us. We were the ones that gave them their point, but the first two periods were good. It’s just another learning session.”

To Pastrnak’s point, the Bruins were outshot by a 15-6 margin in the final 20 minutes of regulation and 21-6 overall in the third period and overtime prior to Ryan O’Reilly’s game-winner during 3-on-3 play. It was at this point the Bruins certainly missed stalwart stay-at-home defensemen Adam McQuaid and Kevan Miller in the D-zone, and fell short of qualified penalty killers while trying to burn off a Brandon Carlo interference call at the end of the third period. 

All of that caught up to them once the Bruins loosened their grip on the Sabres, but certainly the feeling is that the loss should’ve been avoidable even if some of the circumstances made it difficult for the Black and Gold. It also should have been avoidable against a Sabres hockey club that was dreadful last season, and is again one of the doormats in the Atlantic Division in the early going thus far. 

“Those are the games you can’t lose. We obviously didn’t do the job there in the third and close it out, but we’re going to have to regroup and work on our game and be better for the next one,” said Brad Marchand. “We didn’t play the game we needed to play. We relaxed a bit and we started losing a few battles in the wrong areas, and you know, they just played better than we did.”

It’s mystifying that any team would need a crash-and-born loss like Saturday night in order to learn any lessons moving forward, and it certainly might have been a different story for the Bruins if they weren’t missing a few big defensive pieces. But that’s not how it went down for the Black and Gold as they sagged under rising pressure from the Sabres, and simply stopped working when the chips were on the table late in Saturday night’s game.