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In his belated debut, Niklas Svedberg calmly lived up to the hype.

Niklas Svedberg for the WIN!
Niklas Svedberg for the WIN!
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<p><b> The Bruins defeated the Predators on a Marchand overtime goal, sparing Nicklas Svedberg a shootout in his debut. </b></p>

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<li> The synopsis of the win- Bruins overcome a "dud of a middle frame." [<a href="http://hockeyjournal.com/blog/blackGold/Marchand_nets_winner-_pushes_Bruins_past_Preds_in_overtime">NewEnglandHockeyJournal</a>]</li>

<li> A Brad Marchand snipe sealed it in overtime. Niklas Svedberg held the fort for nearly two periods before a sloppy Bruins line change (stop me if you've heard this) with 1:56 left in the second allowed a Viktor Stahlberg tally. Johnny Boychuk and Jarome Iginla each scored. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2014/01/brad_marchand_plays_hero_in_bruins_ot_victory">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> Svedberg was solid in his postponed debut, Claude Julien indicated he'd be in Boston again very soon. Dougie Hamilton and Carl Söderberg were welcomed back. Tuukka Rask wore a "Free Thornton" tee shirt in the dressing room. [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/01/03/marchand-goal-beats-predators/jV0GQ5cbugaWV6KPCmpv6N/story.html">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> Sadly, Svedberg's family was unable to book travel to attend. He was quick to acknowledge Matt Bartkowski for blocking one likely goal. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2014/01/happy_niklas_svedberg_a_winner_in_bruins_net">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> Marchand was not all that certain of the move that got him past Mike Fisher for the game winning goal. Ryan Spooner is proving to be a crafty playmaker. [<a href="http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/sports/pros_and_colleges/x1275656574/Bruins-3-Predators-2-OT-Maligned-Marchand-comes-up-big">MetroWestDaily News</a>]</li>

<li> Reilly Smith WHO? Carter Camper 's former college linemate has proven to be smart, slippery, skilled, strong, and coachable. He is also almost Chris Kelly -esque in wishing to fly under the radar. [<a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/dj-bean/2014/01/03/reilly-smith-many-things-he-wasnt-throw">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> Take three... from last night's victory. [<a href="http://www.bruinsdaily.com/2014/01/02/three-takeaways-bruins-predators/">BruinsDaily</a>]</li>

<li> Peter Chiarelli is in no rush to attempt to acquire a defenseman. [<a href="http://www.thefourthperiod.com/news/bos140103.html">TheFourthPeriod</a>]</li>

<li> What if? Thankfully, the win meant no losing streak, no sad debut for a young goalie, and a high note to lead into next week's California trip. [<a href="http://www.patriotledger.com/features/x890777472/Marchands-overtime-goal-makes-winners-of-Bruins-Svedberg?zc_p=0 ">PatriotLedger</a>]</li>

<li> It's true: With or without the Bruins, Jarome Iginla flat-out owns the Predators. [<a href="http://:www.tennessean.com/article/20140102/SPORTS02/301020112/2079/SPORTS02?nclick_check=1">Tennessean</a>]</li>

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

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<li> Steven Stamkos is now skating in full gear, no contact. Good news for Team Canada! [<a href="http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=440237">TSN</a>]</li>

<li> the ECHL Stockton Thunder let children decorate the ice, and then played a game on it. [<a href="http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2014-01-02/painted-classic-stockton-thunder-ice-paint-echl">SportingNews</a>]</li>

<li> Take a look at Team USA Men, breaking down the roster choices... [<a href="http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2014/1/2/5266288/winter-olympics-2014-team-usa-roster-analysis-bobby-ryan">SBNation</a>]</li>

<li> ... or skip right to this USA Sochi Olympics All-Snubbed Team. [<a href="http://nhl.si.com/2014/01/01/the-usa-sochi-olympics-all-snubbed-hockey-team/">SportsIllustrated</a>]</li>

<li> Nathan Horton celebrated his return to the ice with a power play goal and a win with the Columbus Blue Jackets. [<a href="http://www.jacketscannon.com/2014/1/3/5268814/game-41-horton-hears-a-goal">JacketsCannon</a>]</li>

<li> Statistics don't lie: Teams are mostly better without their "scrubs," so suspending them for dity hits actually rewards teams! [<a href="http://www.hookedonhockeymagazine.com/why-suspensions-dont-matter-and-how-they-can-be-fixed/">HookedOnHockey</a>]</li>

<li> Keeping up with the World Junior Championship. [<a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/world-juniors/">TheGlobeAndMail</a>]</li>

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