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Sabres shred B's, 6-0

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Sabres shred B's, 6-0

BUFFALO In the greatest piece of evidence yet that the Bruins are experiencing some serious issues, the Black and Gold skaters marched into Buffalo and suffered their worst beating of the season at the hands of the Sabres.

The Bruins were robbed of a Milan Lucic goal on a poor goalie interference call in the first period, but didnt respond at all to an aggressive, desperate Sabres bunch in a 6-0 loss at the First Niagara Center.

If the Sabres didnt get their revenge on the Bs the first time they played after the LucicRyan Miller incident, they certainly got it this time around.

For the Bruins, it marked the 11th time in their 17 losses this season that they dropped a game to a team down and out of the playoff race. That screams out focus problems against the bad teams for a Stanley Cup-level squad like the Bruins, and that was again in Buffalo.

There was serious trouble brewing when the Bs defense was burned for a couple of goals to Christian Ehrhoff and Jason Pominville in the first period, and then Tuukka Rask was yanked in the second period on a Tyler Ennis score. Milan Lucic dropped the gloves with Patrick Kaleta and Shawn Thornton fought twice attempting to keep the Bruins emotionally invested into a contest slipping away from them.

But it was all for naught by the time the villainous Patrick Kaleta beat Tim Thomas with a five-hole goal to spot the Sabres a four-goal lead heading into the third period. All that was left was for Kaleta to act up in the final minutes of the third period and draw 10-minute misconducts from Milan Lucic and Adam McQuaid during a line brawl donnybrook in front of the Boston bench.

The Bruins are now 3-4-1 in their last eight games and havent put two solid, victorious efforts together back-to-back since prior to Christmas.

Morning Skate: PK Subban rightly recognizes O'Ree as a hockey pioneer

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Morning Skate: PK Subban rightly recognizes O'Ree as a hockey pioneer

Here are all the hockey links from around the world, and what I’m reading, while wondering when my video tribute is coming.

*Great interview with PK Subban, who appropriately lauds Willie O’Ree for his trailblazing, pioneer accomplishment of breaking through the NHL’s color barrier 60 years ago today. It was very cool that O’Ree did it with the Bruins and even cooler that he was in Boston last night from the Bruins-Habs game at TD Garden.

*Speaking of the Canadiens, old friend Joe Morrow decided to show the Canadiens digital people around Southie this week. That was his big accomplishment in these last two Bruins-Habs games.

*The Winnipeg Jets are having some big success this season, but they’ve also got some serious financial considerations coming up.

*The Colorado Avalanche continue to see attendance issues in their building, but at least there’s a reasonably better product on the ice.

*What is the value for power forward Patrick Maroon on the trade market as a rental? It certainly matters who is asking.

*Jack Johnson and John Tortorella are talking out their issues after it surfaced that the Columbus D-man wants a trade out of town.

*With Victor Hedman injured, it looks like young Tampa Bay D-man Slater Koekkoek is finally going to get a featured look with the Lightning. Per Elliotte Friedman, this is a player that the Bruins have eyed in trade possibilities in the recent past.

*For something completely different: Liam Neeson is open to returning as Qui Gon-Jinn, which adds another interesting piece to a standalone movie for Obi-Wan Kenobi.

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Adam Butler to Jalen Ramsey: 'Be humble or be humbled'

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Adam Butler to Jalen Ramsey: 'Be humble or be humbled'

FOXBORO -- The Patriots are well aware of Jalen Ramsey's Super Bowl prediction, and they're not about to take the same approach to the AFC title game buildup. 

"If you're going to make a statement like that," Patriots rookie defensive tackle Adam Butler said on Wednesday, "you better be able to back it up . . . It's a bold statement to make. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. But like I said, be humble or be humbled. That's all I can really say about that."

As that quote made the rounds, Ramsey tweeted an emphatic "WHO!???" Didn't seem to be a coincidence.

What Ramsey said, though, is part of who the Jaguars are. They're young. They're confident. They're not afraid to talk. 

"I ain't got too much to say, but y'all make sure you bring that same energy out here next week and the week after," Ramsey said in Jacksonville following his team's plane ride back from Pittsburgh on Saturday. "We're going to the Super Bowl and we're going to win that (expletive)."

Outside of Butler, the comments have garnered little in the way of public commentary from Patriots players. 

"I mean, obviously, that's his game," Patriots cornerback Eric Rowe said of Ramsey. "He's a confident dude . . . Obviously, they're happy to go to the championship game, but, you know, that mindset of thinking ahead of yourself, I don't think it's a good idea . . ."

"We saw what happened to the Steelers. But on our end, obviously, we're not thinking ahead to the [Super Bowl] because we have to get past [the Jaguars]. So, we heard it, but we're not too focused on it because we have to focus on doing our job for the game."