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The Eastern Conference's top two teams face off tonight at TD Garden

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Reilly Smith, Johnny Boychuk, and Carl Soderberg
Reilly Smith, Johnny Boychuk, and Carl Soderberg
Jared Wickerham

The Boston Bruins host the Pittsburgh Penguins, 7pm tonight.

  • Don't underestimate the Penguins! Here are five keys to tonight's game. [SouthCoastToday]
  • Just the facts- here's what the Pens have been up to since the Bruins met them last. [Pittsburgh.CBSLocal]
  • Here's the Cliff Notes recap of the Hurricanes/Bruins game. [NewEnglandHockeyJournal]
  • The Bruins' strategy now is to go for the kill in overtime and avoid shootouts. Ironically, The two best shootout teams in the league are the bottom two in standings. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • FINISH THEM! "...for a team that last year had a habit of blowing third-period leads, (the Bruins) shouldn’t get into the habit of letting lesser opponents hang around." [WEEI]
  • The young Bruins blueliners have quietly held the fort as Dennis Seidenberg and Adam McQuaid heal. [BostonHerald]
  • Reilly Smith, who had been on the Bruins' radar as a prospect, has been the gift that keeps giving. Now if only he could hear Carl Soderberg... [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Meet Kevan "Millsy" Miller. (Video, 2:11) [Bruins.NHL]
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  • Meanwhile in Providence this weekend, there was good and bad. Anthony Camara scored his first as a pro. [ProvidenceJournal]
  • Enjoy Patrice Bergeron being saintly in this Pure Hockey commercial. (Video, 0:30) [YouTube]
  • Keep yer shirts on! Brad Marchand and Loui Eriksson were seen out together, and Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille lunched. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Would you like to score (dinner) on a feed by Ray Bourque? [NESN]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • With the Olympic games looming, Steven Stamkos is undergoing "aggressive rehab." [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Former Bruins brawl- Check out Vladimir Sobotka vs. Rich Peverley. [TheSpokedBLog]
  • Jaromir Jagr has just achieved two more milestones. [TheGlobeAndMail]
  • Team USA is indeed taking a good look at Tim Thomas. [PuckDaddy]
  • In defence of Fancystats. "We don't just make stuff up, you know." [SBNation]
  • Breaking up is hard to do... C'mon, Ref! What if a puck splits midgame? [TSN]