Morning Skate: Thursday, January 19

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Morning Skate: Thursday, January 19

Yesterday was the anniversary of Willie ORee breaking the color barrier and getting into his first NHL game with the Bruins.

A great piece about the legendary Gordie Howe and his supportive family in Sportsnet magazine.

Rene Bourque stars in Mike Tysons Punch Out and then goes out fighting against the Washington Capitals. Bourques game and nastiness are going to bring a really different edge to the BruinsHabs games going forward.

Jeremy Roenick is blogging on NHL.com and Im wondering how much of a censor this thing has to go through before its good for publishing.

Nice work by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Greg Wyshynski digging up a video of a Bruins fan taking a silly-stringing episode with Tampa Bays mascot, Thunderbug, just a little too seriously.

Elliotte Friedmans always great 30 thoughts including the tough spot Pittsburgh is in with Sidney Crosby still out of the lineup.

Paul Kariya turns down an organizational job with the Anaheim Ducks and several other NHL nuggets from hockey blogger Andy Strickland.

For something completely different: a list from the Inside Track gals of some of the best Mark Wahlberg-related 911 tweets from yesterday in a very active social media day.

Bruins lose third straight with 4-1 loss to Leafs

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Bruins lose third straight with 4-1 loss to Leafs

BOSTON -- The Bruins’ season has gone in extreme swings both up and down thus far through the first couple of months, and that was the case as they lost their third game in a row to the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

The Bruins couldn’t only scratch for one goal despite outshooting the Maple Leafs by a 32-20 margin, and fell by a disappointing 4-1 score to the young and talented Toronto club at TD Garden.

The Bruins never enjoyed a lead in the game against the Leafs, and were flirting with danger after failing to score in the first period despite out-shooting Toronto by an 11-2 margin in the game’s opening 20 minutes. Instead it was a David Pastrnak neutral zone turnover in the second period that was picked off by William Nylander, and ended with Auston Matthews firing a rocket over Tuukka Rask for his 12th goal of the season.

Toronto extended the lead with five minutes to go in the period when Zach Hyman tipped a wobbly Jake Gardiner point shot past Rask, and made it three games in a row that the Bruins have dug themselves a considerable hole. Brad Marchand got one goal back at the end of the second period on a nice hustle play as he sealed off Frederik Anderson’s clearing attempt and then stuffed the puck past the Leafs goalie on a second chance bid.

That’s the way the score remained until the third period when the Bruins couldn’t convert on a couple of offensive chances -- included a bang-bang shorthanded bid for Austin Czarnik in front of the net -- and then James van Riemsdyk scored in front as a Toronto power play expired. That was the backbreaker for a Black and Gold bunch that continues to scrap for goals, and has now scored two goals or less in 20 of their 20 games this season.

Connor Brown added an empty netter in the final two minutes of the game to truly put it out of reach for the Bruins. 

Celtics' team plane receives bomb threat

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Celtics' team plane receives bomb threat

BOSTON -- There was a bomb threat to the Boston Celtics’ team plane to Oklahoma City on Saturday afternoon, but no one was injured.

The incident will be investigated by NBA security which will work in conjunction with the FBI on this matter which was one of several hoaxes called into airports across the country on Saturday.

News of the bomb threat was first known when Celtics forward Jae Crowder posted an Instagram photo showing players departing the plane with the caption, “BOMB THREAT ON US”.

Celtics officials declined to comment on the matter and instead referred all bomb threat-related questions to the league office.

Messages to the league office were not immediately returned.