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Yup, it was a lucky win, for a change. No shame in it.

Brad Marchand has had a few tussles this week...
Brad Marchand has had a few tussles this week...
Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins have clawed back into a wild card playoff spot. Has their luck now changed for the better?

  • Slow start? Check. Long stretches without a shot on goal? Check. Scrambly plays with calls in the Bruins' favor? WAIT! WHAT IS THIS WITCHCRAFT? [TheBostonGlobe]
  • A GIF recap seems in order after a victory, no? Relish this. [BostonHerald]
  • It had to be you. Patrice Bergeron led the way. [NESN]
  • Changes still need to be made. The Patrice Bergeron / Daniel Paille / Milan Lucic line deserves a second look. [CausewayCrowd]
  • Something sure put pepper on Milan Lucic 's tail, and the results were solid. [BostonHerald]
  • Milan Lucic brought his straight-line game to the ice last night, and he got results. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Short takes: Another kudo to the Patrice Bergeron / Daniel Paille / Milan Lucic line, and also to Tuukka Rask.  [NESN]
  • More observations: Tuukka Rask squashed 37 of 39 shots, and Loui Eriksson was hurt. [WEEI]
  • Tuukka Rask kept them in the game for long stretches, and Adam McQuaid and Dennis Seidenberg were lucky. [MetroWestDailyNews]
  • The good news is that the Bruins' problems are more fixable than the Maple Leafs', but their playoff berth battle may simply come down to luck. [USAToday]
  • No doubt there was a lot of luck involved. For once, it seemed every call went for the Bruins. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Going forward, the Bruins players need to value what they have built and their teammates, and play to preserve it. They have been in this spot before. [YahooSports]
  • After the heated words of the last few days, and a little help from the Leafs, the Bruins are breathing a bit easier. [TheSportingNews]
  • Devil Jaromir Jagr is very clear on what his former team is working through, and explains his confidence that they can turn it around. []
  • Here's what the Bruins are facing tonight at TD Garden against the Devils. Likely on the hot seat: Corey Schneider. [CBSSports]
  • Bestsellers! Three Bruins are in the top 15 in the NHL for jersey sales. One perfect player is a top-ten choice. [NESN]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Brad Marchand is one of the top five NHL players assessed penalties. Who are the masters at drawing penalties? [PuckDaddy]
  • The NHL has dinged three divers so far (notably NOT Marchand.)  One fine performance by the fined Gustav Nyquist was against Chris Kelly. (with video) [PuckDaddy]
  • Condolences to the Parise family, as former NHL All-Star and North Star Jean-Paul Parise has passed away. [StarTribune]
  • Meanwhile, at the top of the Eastern Conference... the Lightning are white hot. [TheHockeyNews]
  • After the World Junior Championship, a number of players merited notice, including the Bruins' Anton Blidh. [TheHockeyNews]
  • Goalies are being trained to use the seal against scoring chances. Not THAT kind of seal! [TSN]
  • Was Phil Kessel actually a more popular player in Boston? [BarDown]
  • These are the NHL's most over and underrated players. Brave Steve Ott appears! [Sportsnet]
  • Sign me up! Laurentian University now offers an executive MBA, "The Business of Hockey."  [Sportsnet]
  • Come back. Dobby, all is forgiven! Trade scenarios for old friend Anton Khudobin. [CardiacCane]