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Zdeno Chara in the spotlight
Zdeno Chara in the spotlight
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Where were YOU when the Bruins lost to the Hurricanes Sunday in the skillz contest?

  • Here is the game recap for you, in GIF form. []
  • It was a bit of a headscratcher. Tuukka Rask stopped 35 of  36 shots, yet the Bruins almost made it through the first period without registering a shot on goal in response. [BostonHerald]
  • Some Bruins tried to pick up the slack for teammates, which sadly backfired by causing more scrambly errors. [CausewayCrowd]
  • Milan Lucic was named by his coach as someone from whom more is expected. Daniel Paille had a save. Simon Gagne remains on leave. David Pastrnak is not likely to be pitched into the Bruins' woeful morass anytime soon. [BostonHerald]
  • Seventeen minutes ticked by before the first Bruins shot on goal. Then they only made two shots in the entire third period. [MetroWestDailyNews]
  • Two things went right: Tuukka Rask and Patrice Bergeron. [NESN]
  • Time to change what ain't working, starting with a hard look at the fourth line. [WEEI]
  • It was noted after the loss to the Senators on Saturday that even the return of healthy players to the roster have not righted the ship. This is more than just a bad spell. [WEEI]
  • Will it come down to a choice between shakeup and freefall for the Bruins? [TheHockeyNews]
  • The trade deadline is March 2nd. Is this or is this not a ship that can be righted without replacing the key players lost? [NewEnglandHockeyJournal]
  • Looking into the crystal ball... one take on what the future holds for the team and a few individual Bruins. [BleacherReport]
  • Here's a modest proposal: FIRE SALE! [TooManyMenOnTheSite]
  • Meanwhile, in Providence this week and weekend, the roster-depleted PBruins were a mixed bag. Hey, at least Jeremy Smith got an assist!  [ProvidenceJournal]
  • Have a look at this gallery of game action from Sunday's game as the PBruins lost to the Worcester Sharks. [ProvidenceJournal]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • There are intriguing new ways to measure those intangibles that are the difference between success and failure in otherwise physically talented players.  [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Here's your update from action around the league this weekend, and hey, at least Tuukka Rask has a suggestion going forward... [Grantland]
  • What's it like to rub elbows with a billionare at the Winter Classic, and what is he hoping to pull out of  his Ugly Christmas Sweater sleeve next? [Grantland]
  • Adieu to to Capgeek, and best wishes to innovator Matthew Wuest as he faces a health crisis. [PuckDaddy]
  • Busted! The Flyers were fined for travel on Boxing Day. [TheSportingNews]
  • It'll be Canada v. Russia at the World Junior Championship for the gold. [TSN]
  • Are you ready for the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto in 2016, presented by the NHL? Talks are in progress. [Sportsnet]
  • The All-Star votes are tallied, and Latvia cheers as Zemgus Girgensons is IN, along with some other guys. [SportsIllustrated]
  • More, More, MORE! Meanwhile, Billy Idol was at the Winter Classic to entertain, not remember precisely what the event was. [PuckDrunkLove]
  • Pour a drink and read this summary report of the first three months of the NHL season. The Bruins are mentioned, as is Johnny Boychuk, only for different reasons. [LastWordOnSports]