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Their NOT special teams are struggling, and it is costing the Bruins.

Gregory Campbell of the reunited Merlot Line, after his goal
Gregory Campbell of the reunited Merlot Line, after his goal
Jared Wickerham

<p><b> About last night... the Maple Leafs edged the Bruins for their much-needed win. </b></p>

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<li> The special teams systems have worked in the past, Jarome Iginla sees "a cold streak." Tuukka Rask will say he's not been at his best, but Gregory Campbell faults players for repeatedly leaving their goalie hanging in the wind. [<a href="
http://espn.go.com/boston/nhl/story/_/id/10296022/boston-bruins-paying-special-teams-struggles">ESPN</a>]</li>

<li> Three takeaways from the game. [<a href="http://www.bruinsdaily.com/2014/01/15/three-takeaways-bruins-maple-leafs-jan-14-2014/">BruinsDaily</a>]</li>

<li> Rask was his usual, candid self in his assessment postgame. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2014/01/tuukka_rask_points_at_everything_in_b_s_slump">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> Five game observations, including an uncalled offsides that led to a Leafs goal. [<a href="http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140115/SPORTS/401150311/-1/NEWS">SouthCoastToday</a>]</li>

<li> Claude Julien characterized the Bruins recently as "out of synch." [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/01/15/little-mistakes-turn-into-loss-for-bruins/YpSQCg5Z7PJ62tdxao2VkO/story.html">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> Even with scouting reports detailing the Leafs' power play tendencies, Bruins players failed to shut them down. Julien believes this is an annual midseason team struggle. [<a href="http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/article/20140114/SPORTS/140119348">MetroWestDailyNews</a>]</li>

<li> What went right, and wrong, for the Bruins last night. [<a href="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/2014/01/14/bruins-comeback-bid-falls-short-in-loss-to-maple-leafs/">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> On concussions, and why it might not be best to describe Dougie Hamilton's as "mild." [<a href="http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2014-01-14/dougie-hamilton-injury-update-nhl-concussions">The SportingNews</a>]</li>

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

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<li> What is a "blowout," exactly? Let's just consult the Grantland Dictionary: NHL Edition! [<a href="http://grantland.com/features/sean-mcindoe-nhl-grantland-dictionary/">Grantland</a>]</li>

<li> Corral the corgis- here's a career opportunity in NHL Fancystats! [<a href="http://hockeyjobs.nhl.com/teamwork/r.cfm?i=63219">NHL</a>]</li>

<li> Spence Tatchell played only one NHL game, defied death while serving his country, and raised a family. [<a href="http://www.cbc.ca/sports-content/hockey/opinion/2014/01/spence-tatchell-is-a-lloyminster-hockey-treasure.html">CBCSports</a>]</li>

<li> Time for Part 2 of Five Huge NHL Move You've Probably Forgotten. [<a href="http://grantland.com/the-triangle/five-huge-nhl-moves-youve-probably-forgotten-part-2/">Grantland</a>]</li>

<li> Switzerland's Winter Classic was played on a rink with transparent boards and a yellow "kick plate" defining the edges. Might this innovation catch on in the NHL? [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/pass-fail-transparent-boards-nhl-stadium-games-132931313--nhl.html">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

<li> Hal Gill dreams of a little summertime fun behind a Zamboni. (Video, 0:25) [<a href="http://youtu.be/uDW5jT_csaU">YouTube</a>]</li>

<li> Get a leg up by reading this informative primer on NHLers' recent leg fractures. [<a href="http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2014/01/14/the-quiet-room-break-a-leg-actually-dont/">BackhandShelf</a>]</li>

<li> The Panthers have creatively solved their financial woes, offering their arena as a timeshare! [<a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/1/14/5300270/florida-panthers-arena-timeshare-its-satire-guys">SBNation</a>]</li>

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