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The Bruins ramp up to face former mortal enemies that now seem simply ...mortal.

Carl Soderberg tussles with Yannick Weber
Carl Soderberg tussles with Yannick Weber
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<p><b> The Bruins prepare to host the Canucks on Tuesday. </b></p>

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<li> Here's where we left off after Saturday's matinee against the Oilers. [<a href="http://hockeyjournal.com/blog/blackGold/Scrivens-_Oilers_come_crashing_back_to_Earth_in_loss_to_Boston">NewEnglandHockeyJournal</a>]</li>

<li> Carl Söderberg is the gift that keeps giving. Along with a healthy Chris Kelly and Loui Eriksson, the third line is beginning to gel. Söderberg and Daniel Paille has been drawing penalties. [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/02/03/carl-soderberg-luxury-for-bruins-coach-claude-julien/EfbnGJwOpR0eefgw0l4FXI/story.html">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> "Nice Guy" Chad Johnson has earned his starts, and the coaches' trust. Getting Tuukka Rask enough rest will be on the Bruins minds ahead of both the Olympics and NHL playoffs. [<a href="http://bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2014/02/chad_johnson_continues_to_build_confidence_with_shutout_of">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> Getting to know Johnny Boychuk, who is a natural on camera. [<a href="http://video.bruins.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=554538">Bruins,NHL</a>]</li>

<li> Today David Warsofsky has answered the call-up from Providence, as Zdeno Chara prepares to depart for Sochi. [<a href="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/2014/02/03/bruins-recall-david-warsofsky/">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> Patrice Bergeron spoke about his confidence in officials' handling of security at Sochi, and about being reuinited with a group of players that won gold as the 2005 Canadian world junior team. Which former Bruin is "Mr. Shootout?" [<a href="http://www.cbc.ca/sports-content/hockey/opinion/2014/02/monday-musings-patrice-bergeron-has-faith-in-olympic-security.html">CBCSports</a>]</li>

<li> As a favor to Dallas Eakins, Chara will offer advice to young Team Slovakia defenseman Martin Marincin. [<a href="http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2014/02/03/eakins-bruins-chara-promised-hed-help-marincin/">ProHockeyTalk</a>]</li>

<li> Meanwhile, in Providence... the good, bad, and ugly of the PBruins' weekend. [<a href="http://blogs.providencejournal.com/sports/bruins/2014/02/p-bruins-weekend-plusses-and-minuses-15.html">ProvidenceJournal</a>]</li>

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

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<li> Andrew Ference, one of "the glue guys," appreciated the long goodbye he got with the Bruins. And he put in a good word for his team with Jarome Iginla. [<a href="http://www.bruinsdaily.com/2014/02/01/andrew-ference-makes-emotional-return-to-boston/">BruinsDaily</a>]</li>

<li> He also left a pair of tee shirt jerseys hidden in Boston as a Twitter scavenger gift, and two lucky fans got to take their pictures with him as they collected. [<a href="http://bigbadblog.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/2014/02/01/still-beloved-in-boston-andrew-ference-grateful-for-fairytale-parting-with-bruins/">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> Looking ahead, the Vancouver Canuks are rated #7 in the SI.com NHL Fan Misery Ranking, and here's why. Brad Marchand and Cam Neely contributed! [<a href="http://nhl.si.com/2014/01/31/si-com-nhl-fan-misery-rankings-no-7-vancouver-canucks/">SportsIllustrated</a>]</li>

<li> One young goalie has an impressive NHL pedigree... on the distaff side. [<a href="http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/manon-rheaumes-son-following-in-her-goaltending-footprints/">TheHockeyNews</a>]</li>

<li> "Fun must be always!" A little fun with the San Jose AND Worcester Sharks, Twitter style. Enjoy Tomas Hertl relishing his aquatic physical therapy, and his "new young friends," while "Meanwhile, at the Woo..."  [<a href="http://sharks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=703425&navid=TW">Sharks.NHL</a>]</li>

<li> Happy (belated) Birthday, Don Cherry! In honour of his 80th, here are 80 things to know about the birthday boy. [<a href="http://www.cbc.ca/sports-content/hockey/opinion/2014/02/happy-80th-birthday-wishes-to-don-cherry.html">CBCSports</a>]</li>

<li> First hand experience: All four Beanpot bench bosses are former players for and alumni of their respective teams. [<a href="http://www.sbncollegehockey.com/2014/2/2/5371234/college-hockey-beanpot-preview-history-look-back-coaches-as-players-in-tournament">SBNation</a>]</li>

<li> Just ask the Maple Leafs about The Dreaded Rob Ford Jersey CURSE. [<a href="http://ca.news.yahoo.com/blogs/dailybrew/rob-ford-jersey-curse-real-got-denver-broncos-150718415.html>YahooCanada</a>]</li>

<li> The Hershey Bears rolled out special Groundhog Day jerseys. [<a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/hershey-bears-honour-big-day-groundhog-day-special-202949836--nhl.html">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

<li> This piece compiles Phil Kessel 's surprisingly amusing Tweets, Canadian Olympic Panic Watch, Ben Scrivens' record setting game, Bieber, Wayne Gretzky and other events of the weekend (and beyond!)  as your long read of the day. [<a href="http://grantland.com/the-triangle/nhl-grab-bag-wayne-gretzky-vs-justin-bieber-in-a-canadian-style-fight-to-the-death-i-e-a-game-of-air-hockey/">Grantland</a>]</li>

<li> Noted Bruin-killer Thomas Vanek may be on the move again. [<a href="http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=442894">TSN</a>]</li>

<li> Only the Canadians... introducing a new Sochi goal celebration, the Red Zeppelin. (Video, 1:26) [<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQW5RYqG_Nw">YouTube</a>]</li>

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