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Morning Skate: Bruins should be wary of Karlsson's price tag

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Morning Skate: Bruins should be wary of Karlsson's price tag

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while the Fourth of July fireworks might be on the menu for the NHL offseason again this year.

*Here are 10 possible destinations for Erik Karlsson as it appears he’s going to be on the move in a sign-and-trade after a lowball, sub-Drew Doughty extension offer from the Sens was summarily rejected on July 1. The Bruins aren’t mentioned on the list and with good reason.

Karlsson might be an elite D-man at the very height of his prime right now, but I don’t think he makes much sense at all for the Black and Gold. I may be in the vast minority here, but I’d pass on Karlsson if I were Don Sweeney and the Bruins. He’s going to be 29 at the end of this season, he’s had foot issues the past few years and he wants an eight-year, mega-deal. It’s a classic case of paying for past performance, in this humble hockey writer’s opinion. He’s a great player, but for how much longer?

That doesn’t even mention that it feels fairly obvious that the Senators would be asking the Bruins for Charlie McAvoy in any trade for Karlsson, so they would have a ready-made replacement for the No. 1 D-man in Ottawa. Check please…hard pass!

The Bruins should be focused on bringing more offensive punch to their forwards and continuing to develop their young players rather than chase after every shiny, expensive object that comes across their path.

*Interesting piece from Tyler Bozak on the Players Tribune where he talks about how tough it’s going to be to leave Toronto. He was a good Leafs player throughout his career, so that makes sense that he’s got some roots there.

*The John Tavares jersey burning stuff is absolutely ridiculous on Long Island, where all that anger should be directed at management and ownership on Long Island.

*Tim Schaller talks about what he’s going to bring to the table with the Vancouver Canucks, where he should be a good fit on their fourth line.

*Boy, it sure feels like Nail Yakupov is the biggest bust taken at the No. 1 overall pick in NHL history, right? Even more so than Rick DiPietro, who at least was an All-Star before injuries ended up derailing his career.

*For something completely different: Yeah, I kind of dig the X-Men costumes for the "Dark Phoenix" movie. They’re sort of a throwback.

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Bruins not thrilled with low-scoring Game 5 loss: 'We've just got to be better'

Bruins not thrilled with low-scoring Game 5 loss: 'We've just got to be better'

BOSTON – The Bruins didn’t seem terribly interested in breaking down what happened after the loss in Game 5 had settled in on Friday night.

The Bruins dropped a 2-1 decision at home to Toronto Maple Leafs where both teams were scoreless headed into the final period, and where the Bruins weren’t able to score on the power-play despite getting a 3-to-1 advantage in PP chances in the game. Instead, it was Leafs youngsters Auston Matthews and Kasperi Kapanen that scored the goals to moved Toronto a win away from advancing to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in almost 20 years.

“We’ve had better games,” admitted Brad Marchand. “I don’t think either team was great, but it was the difference of one play. Game is over now, worry about the next one.”

They also managed almost as many shots on net in a desperate third period (14) as they did in the first two periods combined (15), so it wasn’t a big display of offense or of energy from a bottom-six forward group that Bruce Cassidy shuffled around because they weren’t giving him enough.

Certainly, those expecting an all-hands-on-deck physical effort like the energetic Game 2 win at home were left disappointed by something that again didn’t quite rise to playoff-level intensity.

“I didn’t think that we had energy in the bottom of our lineup. They don’t generally play their fourth line a lot, so if our fourth line and the guys we use in that roll aren’t going together in sync then it works against us. That’s the way I saw it,” said Bruce Cassidy “We had a couple of shifts that I thought they got outplayed to a certain extent. When I used them individually, in pieces, with different lines I thought we had a better result so we kind of went three lines and then added a player here or there.

“I thought that might work out better for us. Obviously, in the end, we lost the game, so, who knows? Clearly, I don’t know if the difference in the game was the minutes that were distributed because they are generally energy anyway, and we lacked a bit of that early on.”

The best thing the B’s had going for them was that it was scoreless after two periods, and they still had a legit chance to win going into the final frame. It didn’t work out that way, of course, when Auston Matthews rifled home the one-timer to finally snap the spell in the third, and again, Boston’s top trio of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak were held off the scoreboard in a B’s playoff loss.

“We’ve just got to be better. You know, we’re going to have our back against the wall, so we have to learn from this game and be better, and honestly play desperate hockey and get a W no matter what it takes,” said David Krejci. “We were feeling really good. We’ve been in this situation before and we’ve handled it pretty well in the past, so we knew we could do it. But it just didn’t go our way. We have to do better next game.”

Particularly discouraging for the Bruins after the loss: The Bruins are 3-20 in playoff series where they fall behind 3-2 in the best-of-seven series format. In fact, they haven’t won in this situation since coming back against the Vancouver Canucks to win the Stanley Cup back in 2011. 

It sure doesn’t feel like the Bruins are capable of that kind of magic after a merely okay effort in a Game 5 loss, but the B’s will get one more chance to prove themselves before postseason elimination lurks in the background.

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Bruce Cassidy, Tuukka Rask address refs' non-goalie interference call on controversial Maple Leafs goal

Bruce Cassidy, Tuukka Rask address refs' non-goalie interference call on controversial Maple Leafs goal

The Maple Leafs' go-ahead goal in their Game 5 win over the Bruins was a controversial one.

The game was scoreless until Auston Matthews got the Leafs on the board in the third period with some help from teammate Zach Hyman, who appeared to interfere with Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. The B's challenged for goalie interference, but to no avail.

Boston ended up losing by a score of 2-1 and now are on the brink of elimination with the series at 3-2 in favor of Toronto.

After the game, Rask and B's head coach Bruce Cassidy made it clear that they believed Hyman made contact with Rask, preventing him from getting a chance to make the save. Hear what they had to say below:

The Bruins will look to stave off elimination on Sunday and force a Game 7.

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