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Just a short roadie this week, then the All-Star Break.

Daniel Paille and Dougie Hamilton compare notes.
Daniel Paille and Dougie Hamilton compare notes.
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Let's move past the loss Saturday against the Blue Jackets. UGH. Next up? The Stars on Tuesday, and Avalanche on Wednesday.

  • Hard to believe that the Bruins could have taken any team lightly in their own dire situation. Cute passes were not in their best interest. [BostonHerald]
  • In brief, here are some notes from the game. Carl Soderberg had a busy night. [MetroWestDailyNews]
  • The loss knocked the wind out of the Bruins. Brad Marchand sitting in the press box was no help at all. [BostonHerald]
  • Dancing on the edge of not making the playoffs is not a place the Bruins can afford to be. [WEEI]
  • Now at full strength and health, these Bruins have been mediocre. There is no more margin for error if they do not play well and cohesively. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • On the bright side, when they are on their game, the Bruins are as good as any team. [WorcesterTelegram&Gazette]
  • A revolving door of young defensemen was hard on the team, even if they did come from a similar system in Providence. Trust was key, and it took time to build. [MetroWestDailyNews]
  • The return of one particular defenseman marks the initial turnaround in the Bruins season. [BostonGlobe]
  • Consolation: the Bergeron line tallied strong possession numbers. Sadly, the Bruins power play struggled. [NESN]
  • Keeping David Pastrnak does not close the door on possible trades. Peter Chiarelli, among others, may be looking at a Carolina defenseman. [WEEI]
  • Second guessing begins- should the Bruins have let David Pastrnak stay in Providence? [PuckDaddy]
  • Bad news in Manchester, as Paul Bissonnette and the Monarchs downed the PBruins on Saturday. [ProvidenceJournal]
  • Good news in Providence, at least, as the PBruins fought back to win against the Penguins on Sunday. [CausewayCrowd]
  • On this date in 1958, Willie O'Ree changed the NHL in his debut with the Boston Bruins. [ChicagoNow]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Lies, damned lies, and it will take a while for "old school" coaching staff to get up to speed on statistics. The NHL is in a transitional period. [BostonHerald]
  • Fighting is becoming an unnescessary time waster. Ultimately the players are exercising their option to just let it die out. [SouthCoastToday]
  • Godspeed, Bob Wilson. The longtime broadcast voice of the Boston Bruins passed away on Thursday. [BostonHerald]
  • Finally! The Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association threatens a "spectator-free  weekend" to allow fans a breather to rethink their relationship with officials. [TheHockeyNews]
  • Clint Malarchuk has written his autobiography, "The Crazy Game." Here's a brief interview with him, about the best and worst of his life between the posts. [TheHockeyNews]
  • In honor of Reto Berra 's tally on Friday, look back at other goal-scoring goalies. [TheHockeyNews]
  • It was a happy surprise to see failing Gordie Howe recover and thrive following successful stem-cell treatment. [SportingNews]
  • Taunton H.S. assistant coach William C. Kenney III has been charged for biting a referee. Compounding the bad behavior, parents in the stands yelled at the arresting officers. [SportingNews]
  • Don't be "That Guy." Here's a primer on the players you'll meet playing pond hockey. The names change, but the stereotypes never do. [BarDown]
  • WJC Slovakian goaltender Denis Godla made his KHL debut, and one highlight-reel save. (with video) [BarDown]
  • About this weekend in the NHL... and will a a goalie or defenseman finally win a Hart this year? [Grantland]
  • Save key exceptions, the eight-year-old CWHL remains the only professional option for most women players. [BuffaloNews]
  • Tyler Seguin 's time in Boston felt like college to him. Hanging out in fraternity houses will do that. [TheScore]