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That 617 Life Podcast: Stop comparing professional sports to slavery; Leroy's first Bruins game

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That 617 Life Podcast: Stop comparing professional sports to slavery; Leroy's first Bruins game

Leroy, Shanda, and Cerrone debate a variety of topics on this week's episode of That 617 Life, including their takes on the issue of load management in the NBA, Shanda sounds off on Matt Barnes, and Leroy's first Boston Bruins game. 

(4:09) - Leroy, Shanda and Cerrone give their takes on the issue of load management in the NBA and debate if non-injured players should be missing games.

(11:41) - Cerrone gives his Cold Cuts and Hot Takes, arguing that athletes that have been wronged and the fans who support them need to stop comparing professional sports to slavery. Shanda and Leroy react.

(19:34) - Shanda sounds off on Matt Barnes and his ex-wife Gloria Govan, Trevor Booker for complaining about his time with the Wizards and Chase Young from Ohio State being suspended for accepting a loan.

(27:40) - Leroy takes us through his experience at his first Bruins game and talks about how intimidating it can be for a person of color.

(35:59) - In this week's Playa's Call, Cerrone shouts out Joejuan Williams, Shanda shouts out Kalin Bennett from the Kent State men's basketball team and Leroy shouts out Pedro Martinez and his wife Carolina.

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Joe Haggerty's Talking Points from Bruins' 5-4 shootout loss to the Panthers: Rough night for Tuukka Rask

Joe Haggerty's Talking Points from Bruins' 5-4 shootout loss to the Panthers: Rough night for Tuukka Rask

GOLD STAR: Keith Yandle has enjoyed games at both ends of the spectrum against his hometown Bruins team and he had a spectacular effort against the Black and Gold on Tuesday night. Yandle jumped up to score the tying goal with 1:29 left in the third period and finished with a goal and three points along with a plus-1 rating in a team-leading 25:48 of ice time while spearheading the third-period comeback for Florida. Yandle also finished with five shot attempts and four blocked shots in a gutsy win for Florida. His celebration after his tying goal said it all for a kid playing with a group of local hockey players on the Panthers roster.

BLACK EYE: Tuukka Rask coughed up four goals on 12 shots in the third period and was one of the main culprits behind a collapse of epic proportions. The first goal allowed came less than a minute into the third and that allowed the Panthers to start gathering some momentum. Rask then allowed a third goal that was as leaky as they come. Mike Hoffman tucked it inside the short-side post when he was late covering the crease. That makes two rough games for Rask in his past three and a big, big role for the Bruins goaltender in a pair of bad divisional losses to the Canadiens and the Panthers.

TURNING POINT: The Bruins were up by four goals and had limited the Panthers to just 12 shots on net in the first two periods, so nobody could have predicted what was going to happen to them in the final 20 minutes. The Bruins totally caved in while allowing four unanswered goals and were outshot 12-9 while taking a pair of penalties that allowed the Panthers to get some life on the power play. The entire third period was a problem for the Black and Gold where Florida kept gathering momentum and the Bruins could do little to stop things whether by scoring another goal or by Rask stepping up and making some key saves. Instead, the Bruins folded and then predictably lost in the shootout as they have a couple of times this season. The result was a fourth consecutive loss. 

HONORABLE MENTION: David Pastrnak brought his A-game to the table on Tuesday night even if many of his teammates didn’t. The 23-year-old scored his 16th goal of the season as part of a four-goal barrage in the second period. He also registered a game-high eight shots on net in his 21:55 of ice time. Pastrnak finished with 11 shot attempts and was okay even after he got clocked with a careless elbow from Vincent Trocheck that elicited a quick response from Brad Marchand sticking up for his linemate in the third period. Unfortunately for Pastrnak and the Bruins, the B’s explosive winger was never chosen to take part in the shootout after. Bruce Cassidy opted for Chris Wagner and Charlie McAvoy among his four shooters instead of No. 88.

BY THE NUMBERS: 9 – The number of road teams that have come back from a four-goal deficit in the third period in NHL history. Home or road, it's only happened 19 times. 

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's on us. We played solid hockey in the first two periods and made some strong plays. Obviously, in the third period, we gave them too much space and time. We need to look at it and we need to play the same way for 60 minutes.” –Zdeno Chara, on the Bruins blowing a four-goal lead in the third period en route to the 5-4 shootout loss.

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Zach Senyshyn forced out of Bruins' loss with a suspected knee injury

Zach Senyshyn forced out of Bruins' loss with a suspected knee injury

BOSTON – It didn’t sound like the news was particularly good for 22-year-old Zach Senyshyn as the young winger was forced out of the Bruins' 5-4 shootout loss to the Panthers on Tuesday night with a left leg injury.

The Bruins winger was done for the night after one shift when he was injured in the second period. It could leave the B’s short another forward with David Backes, Brett Ritchie, Jake DeBrusk and Karson Kuhlman already injured up front.

Bruce Cassidy said he didn’t have much of an update following the game, but a potential knee injury could be more of a long-term thing than some of the B's other injured bodies.

“They told me he left, lower body. Looked like a knee injury and that he wouldn’t return. Typically I don’t get it, unless a guy’s like, completely gone, I don’t get any updates on what the X-ray showed or didn’t show,” said Cassidy, following the loss where the Bruins blew a four-goal lead in the third period. “He’s trying to get a foothold on a job here while guys are injured and he’s been doing a good job for us. But it’s a bit of what’s going on here lately, it seems like we’re losing forwards this year.

“Last year, it was defensemen and now we’ll have to rely on someone else to come in the lineup and do the job. He’s played well for us, played hard, so you want him to stay healthy and put his best foot forward and get every opportunity. But that’s hockey sometimes. Hopefully, he’s not doing too poorly or too badly and he’ll get back in there when he’s healthy.”

Senyshyn finished with a shot attempt, a hit and a giveaway in 4:46 of ice time.

Senyshyn had a couple of assists in his four games with the Bruin while serving as an injury replacement himself. He’d combined with Anders Bjork to give the B’s a couple of speedy, skilled wingers on the third line once both were given the chance to get into the lineup, so it would be a shame if he can’t continue due to the injury.

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