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Maybe more improbable, but hey, a win is a win!

Hockey hugs for Reilly Smith, Zdeno Chara, Brad Marchand, and Patrice Bergeron.
Hockey hugs for Reilly Smith, Zdeno Chara, Brad Marchand, and Patrice Bergeron.
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<p><b> The Bruins pounced on the Predators and stitched together two whole wins ahead of the Christmas break! </b></p>


<li> Enjoy this GIF recap, including one of chanteur Rene Rancourt. To Steph Vail, Merry Christmas and thanks! [<a href=""></a>]</li>

<li> The Bruins managed a stronger second period than usual against the weary Predators. [<a href="">PatriotLedger</a>]</li>

<li> Observations from the game: Yay, power play! Teammates bail out Tuukka Rask for a change. (With video)[<a href="">NESN</a>]</li>

<li> Rask took responsibilty for his off night. Claude Julien was happy overall, but for the brief stretch the Bruins played on their heels. [<a href="">ProvidenceJournal</a>]</li>

<li> As hard as we've been on Matt Bartkowski, he was on his game last night. Chris Kelly was glad for a pair of assists. [<a href="">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> Bartkowski's assist was a beauty. The scoop behind the NHL Christmas break. Playing like Carl Soderberg means taking the game to heart and showing up ready to play. [<a href="">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> Remember Matt Fraser? He's still ahead of where he was in Dallas. [<a href="">PatriotLedger</a>]</li>

<li> The return of David Krejci has lifted a weight from Patrice Bergeron 's shoulders. [<a href="">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> Krejci is happy to be rounding back into form. For now, he'll just avoid reading his stats, thank you very much. [<a href="">CausewayCrowd</a>]</li>

<li> Loui Eriksson 's quiet competence is beginning to show up on the scoreboard. [<a href="">MetroWestDailyNews</a>]</li>

<li> Brad Marchand had the date circled on his calendar last night, and came within a goal of revisiting a special anniversary. These days, Eriksson is just plain feelin' it. [<a href="">ESPN</a>]</li>

<li> Cheer up, Bruins fans, the team is approaching full, healthy strength. [<a href="">ESPN</a>]</li>

<li> Dennis Seidenberg recognized the Predators' new style under new coach Peter Laviolette, as they were together in the Hurricanes organization for a few years. [<a href="">MetroWestDailyNews</a>]</li>

<li> It wouldn't seem festive without Rene Rancourt singing, now, would it? (Video, 0:30) [<a href="">Bruins.NHL</a>]</li>


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


<li> Need a last minute gift? Here are some hockey-themed suggestions. [<a href="">TheHockeyNews</a>]</li>

<li> There are 220 million reasons to be thankful for the Ice Bucket Challenge. [<a href="">ObnoxiousBostonFan</a>]</li>

<li> The Dallas Stars are consummate jumbotron trolls. They take on North Korea this time. [<a href="">TheSportingNews</a>]</li>

<li> Seasons Greetings from the Ottawa Senators! (Video, 2:41) [<a href="">Senators.NHL</a>]</li>

<li> Thanks to TSN, the IIHF World Junior Championship has become must-watch holiday TV. [<a href="">NationalPost</a>]</li>

<li> It has been all Happy Holidays down in Florida, as the Panthers play themselves into the playoff mix... [<a href="">FoxSports</a>]</li>

<li> ... and here is their holiday video. You may want to turn down your speakers, just sayin'. (Video, 1:11) [<a href="">BarDown</a>]</li>

<li> Connor who? Focus on these ten world juniors instead- David Pastrnak and his bosom chum William Nylander , for example.) [<a href="">SportsNet</a>]</li>

<li> Here's the NHL All-Hannukah team, with some surprises, and some ringers. [<a href="">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

<li> There are humans at the heart of the Candian junior system lawsuit. Here is one player's story. [<a href="">NYTimes</a>]</li>

<li> To heck with the Burning Yule Log video, you need this loop playing on the TV in the background of your festivities. [<a href="">BarDown</a>]</li>

<li> Here's your long holiday read on Mark Spector's book about the Battle of Alberta, back when the 1984 Oilers and Flames were a big story. [<a href="">SportsNet</a>]</li>

<li> Have a gander at these possible logos for a possible Las Vegas team. [<a href="">SportsNet</a>]</li>