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The Merlot Line Came Up BIG For The Boston Bruins In A Win That Cost Them Chris Kelly. The Road Trip Moves On to Pittsburgh To Take On The Penguins Tonight.

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The shootout win came at the cost of losing Chris Kelly to injury, as the Bruins face a tough Penguins team in Pittsburgh tonight:

  • Down two goals in a matter of minutes, the Bruins took a time out and collected themselves. [BostonHerald]
  • Tuukka Rask kept them in the game, Shawn Thornton and Daniel Paille scored, and Claude Julien believes the Kelly hit was accidental. Check the singular Kaspars Daugavins shootout attempt. [ESPN]
  • Initial reports anticipate "no significant structural damage" to Kelly's knee, and the shootout has been key for the Bruins this season. [WEEI]
  • The Daugavins shootout technique was remarkable. Thornton's goal was a momentum changer. David Krejci served up a great pass that launched Paille's successful breakaway goal. [SportsIllustrated]
  • The Merlot Line was a big factor in the win. [NESN]
  • This win brings Claude Julien to a tie with Milt Schmidt in second place on the Bruins' All-Time Wins list, some question the Chris Neil hit on Kelly as retaliatory. [CausewayCrowd]
  • The Evgeni Malkin-free Penguins stand ready, Marc-Andre Fleury should get the nod in net despite being pulled against the Flyers on Thursday. [CBSSports]

On the lighter side:

  • Another take on NHL Awards: Tuukka Rask for Vezina, Patrice Bergeron for Selke? [TSN]
  • Johnny Boychuk spoke about growing up and playing hockey. [TheHockeyNews]
  • This year's Minnesota All Hockey Hair Team, and links to last year's winners. I so look forward to this! [PuckDaddy]
  • Scott Timmins, a Florida Panthers prospect, allegedly pulls a Goldilocks, breaks into strangers' home while drunk. [NYDailyNews]
  • A curated collection of amusing GIFs from the first half of the NHL season. [BackhandShelf]