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The healthy, energized Bruins are on a tear.

David Krejci is back.
David Krejci is back.
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So, how do you like the Bruins now? The Rangers were sent packing in a shutout win.

  • Five straight wins. Top opponent. Goals scored. Responsible defense. Welcome back, Bruins. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • The Bruins did not fold under their opponent's speedy attack as they tended to do earlier this season, instead they stayed with the game plan. [PatriotLedger]
  • Tuukka Rask got the shutout, acknowledging that strange bounces, deflections, and post strikes are no longer always going against the Bruins. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • In this turnaround for the Bruins, they are no longer looking at who is behind them but who is ahead of them in the standings. [BostonHerald]
  • Take five... observations from the game. The Krejci line has been responsible defensively, and the struggling fourth line ended with even Corsis. (With video) [WEEI]
  • The kid stays in the picture. The Bruins were impressed with David Pastrnak 's "dynamic" performance and hard work in Providence, and Peter Chiarelli specifically praised Daniel Paille.  (Video, 9:41) [Bruins.NHL]
  • Claude Julien said "I wanted (Pastrnak) on my team. I think management felt the same way." There were hits last night, some questionable, and subsequent fights. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • David Krejci confesses a special reason for being glad at the news, and Patrice Bergeron, who well understands Pastrnak's situation, is happy to see him stay. [NESN]
  • In his diary for ESPN, Dougie Hamilton is almost gleeful about playing now that the Bruins are winning, and he explains the rules of the road. [ESPN]
  • Chris Kelly does not sit idly by when he sees a bad hit on a teammate, and that is appreciated by his teammates. [BostonHerald]
  • As they approach the All-Star Break, Bergeron, Krejci, Rask, and Kelly spoke about playing the system, the improved defense, and momentum. (With video) [BruinsDaily]
  • Brad Marchand has been invited to speak to the NHL Department of Player Safety by phone this afternoon regarding his hit on Derick Brassard. [@NHLPlayerSafety] ...which sadly comes as no surprise to anyone. [TheHockeyNews]
  • Duh! Don't waste your money on snacks at TD Garden if you're going to set them on the narrow ledge against the boards. [CBSSports]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The way they do the things they do... a look at what makes elite NHL centers elite. [ThePlayersTribune]
  • Meet Soeur Chantal Desmarais, a nun who is a Canadiens fan and plays rec league hockey. She also enjoys karate. [NationalPost]
  • The US Pond Hockey Championships are underway in Minnesota! [USPondHockey]
  • Sour grapes! Here's the 2015 NHL All-Star Snub team. [TheHockeyNews]
  • Most NHLers are waaaay to young to remember the Beatles, here's proof. Blake Wheeler for the win! (Video, 2:24) [BarDown]
  • Shame, SHAME on a Taunton high-school assistant coach for attacking an official. (Video, 1:37) [BarDown]
  • Fall Out Boy will entertain at the All-Star Game. [PuckDaddy]
  • Over in the AHL, the 3-on-3 overtime is killing the shootout DEAD. [PuckDaddy]
  • Here's a quick primer on women's college hockey. Go on out and take in a game! [BlackBlueGold]
  • And then select from the weekly grab bag of news around the NHL. [Grantland]

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