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Sorry, NOT the chocolate ice creamy, chunky kind

Chad Johnson holds the fort
Chad Johnson holds the fort
Harry How

<p><b> Ducks... Kings... two Bruins road games, two stinging defeats. Will Tuukka Rask ratchet up his game against fellow Finn Antti Niemi and the Sharks on Saturday? </b></p>


<li> Here's the game recap, condensed into a steaming single shot of espresso. [<a href="">NewEnglandHockeyJournal</a>]</li>

<li> Nine goals allowed in the first two road trip games. Rask has not looked sharp. On the bright side, Matt Fraser scored on a sweet Carl Söderberg pass, and Justin Florek tallied his first NHL goal. [<a href="">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> Chad Johnson was solid in relief. Dougie Hamilton took an odd penalty. The Kings capitalized. [<a href="">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> What went wrong and what went better for the Bruins. [<a href="">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> No Dennis Seidenberg, no Chris Kelly... no success at penalty kill? Worse yet, it is causing some ongoing mental stress. [<a href="">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> As for defensive acquisitions, Dan Girardi 's name keeps popping up, here's why (or why not.) [<a href="">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> We should have Loui Eriksson back any time now, but hearing about his concussion symptoms and his concern for his future is sobering. Shawn Thornton is set to return Saturday. [<a href="">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> The return of Thornton should serve as a shot in the arm. Pass the merlot! [<a href="">TheFourthPeriod</a>]</li>

<li> Ryan Spooner has been named to the AHL All-Star team. [<a href="">NESN</a>]</li>

<li> Get in on this deal, a Providence Bruins GROUPON! [<a href="">Groupon</a>]</li>


<p><b> Elsewhere around the rink: </b></p>


<li> Wade Redden has decided to strap on the gold watch and call it a career. [<a href="">TSN</a>]</li>

<li> A daily dose of schadenfreude. See which teams have dominated the "Meh-tropolitan Division" most completely. [<a href="">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

<li> Got questions on the second half of the NHL season? Here are the answers, including who will win in Sochi! [<a href="">Grantland</a>]</li>

<li> Remember little Oliver Wahlstrom and his remarkable lacrosse-style goal during Mini One-On-One? The seventh grader has committed to the University of Maine. [<a href="">DieHardSport</a>]</li>

<li> John Scott remains an embarassment to the game of hockey. [<a href="">TheSporting News</a>]</li>

<li> Here's the 411 on skate sharpening for the uninitiated. [<a href="">BackhandShelf</a>]</li>

<li> More about the nickname "Raptor Jesus" and Rich Peverley. (Video, 1:12) [<a href="">YouTube</a>]</li>

<li> Get your NHL sweaterdresses here... [<a href="">LavertyDesigns</a>]</li>