The Carolina Hurricanes had a big win over the Atlanta Thrashers last night in what was not only a big game for the tank, but also for Boston's playoff hopes.
The win prevented the Thrashers from tying Boston with 80 points (after the Bruins dropped their game at home against Buffalo last night by a 3-2 score, with Tim Thomas again getting pulled), and also extended Carolina's standings lead over Toronto to four points. The Leafs have six games left, as do the Hurricanes.
The Florida Panthers couldn't hold a late 2-1 lead over Nashville at home and fell in OT, but they still got a point to move three points ahead of Toronto.
So, not a perfect night for the draft watchers, but good news nonetheless.
Toronto is in action at home tonight against the reeling Thrashers. Will we see a character game from Atlanta, who must realize that they missed a golden opportunity last night, or will they roll over and die?
Tampa Bay is in action against Columbus. Ideal scenario for the tank is a win by TB in OT with both teams coming away with points.
And, your Bruins are on the road against the New Jersey Devils tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark.