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He's got the Bruins' number... why are backup goalies kryptonite to the Bruins?

"Save by Budaj..." Milan Lucic takes a stab at it
"Save by Budaj..." Milan Lucic takes a stab at it
Jim Rogash

<p><b> The spoilsport Canadiens took two points last night. The Bruins host the Oilers tomorrow at 1pm. </b></p>

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<li> The game in one quick swallow, less likely to cause indigestion that way. [<a href="http://hockeyjournal.com/blog/blackGold/Rask_chased_in_Bruins-_brutal_loss_to_Habs">NewEnglandHockeyJournal</a>]</li>

<li> Tuukka Rask was pulled for reasons Claude Julien did not care to cite, the Bruins seemed disinterested, and Jay Pandolfo has retired. [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/01/31/daniel-paille-has-shown-versatility-with-bruins/uJtEhzFybeykNenT9hQPKO/story.html">TheBotonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> It was a lowlight game, disappointing anyone who was expecting a rivalry battle. Jarome Iginla and Shawn Thornton were both declined when they offered to drop the gloves. Bad turnovers! BAD! [<a href="http://www.milforddailynews.com/article/20140130/SPORTS/140139344/?tag=2">MilfordDailyNews</a>]</li>

<li> The Bruins laid an egg. Here are five things to regret form last night's performance. [<a href="http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140131/SPORTS/401310327">SouthCoastToday</a>]</li>

<li> Don't lay this at Rask's feet, though. The Bruins "had the fizzle of a three-day-open can of Coke." [<a href="http://boston.cbslocal.com/2014/01/31/kalman-rask-wrongly-scapegoated-in-bruins-boondoggle-loss-to-canadiens/">Boston.CBSLocal</a>]</li>

<li> Hey, at least this is worth a laugh... a proposed name for the hybrid Daniel Paille / Carl Söderberg / Loui Eriksson line. [<a href="https://twitter.com/jeffisrael25/status/429075354464960513">@jeffisrael25</a>]</li>

<li> And here's a chance to get to know Chad Johnson a bit better. He has a fraternal twin brother that resembles another Bruin... and he's met Jarome Iginla before. (Video, 2:57) [<a href="http://video.bruins.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=550781&catid=1470">Bruins.NHL</a>]</li>

<li> Ryan Spooner learned a lot, including what he needs to improve, by playing at the NHL level. It was the right move to return him to Providence, and he still has a bright future. [<a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/dj-bean/2014/01/29/sending-ryan-spooner-providence-right-move-bruins">WEEI</a>]</li>

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

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<li> The Lightning suffered another blow as Ben Bishop took a teammate's skate to the noggin, and had to leave the game against the Senators. [<a href="http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2014/01/30/bishop-hurt-in-collision-with-bolts-teammate-helped-off-ice/">ProHockeyTalk</a>]</li>

<li> Which 10 NHLers are most in need of a new home? [<a href="http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2014/01/30/the-5-nhlers-who-most-need-a-change-of-scenery/">BackhandShelf</a>]</li>

<li> 'Merica. A photo gallery of Team USA goalie masks through history. [<a href="http://unitedstatesofhockey.com/2014/01/30/photos-usa-hockey-goalie-masks-through-history/">UnitedStatesOfHockey</a>]</li>

<li> Seven sets of siblings will represent 'Merica at Sochi, and two sets will be playing hockey. [<a href="http://www.teamusa.org/Road-to-Sochi-2014/Features/2014/January/27/Seven-Sets-Of-Siblings-Set-Sights-On-Sochi">TeamUSA</a>]</li>

<li> What are the odds that the NHL will plunk an outdoor game in a venue near you? [<a href="http://grantland.com/features/the-great-outdoors/">Grantland</a>]</li>

<li> Are you ready for this stirring Slovakian hockey Haka? (Video, 1:00) [<a href="http://hokejnews.cz/2014/01/video-haka-v-podani-hk-poprad-parada/">Hokejnews</a>]</li>

<li> From the Systems Analyst desk: A primer on covering another player's position, and why communication is key. [<a href="http://blogs.thescore.com/nhl/2014/01/27/systems-analyst-if-youre-covering-a-guys-position-you-should-cover-it-because-it-needs-covering/">BackhandShelf</a>]</li>

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