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Last night was almost a Who's Who of Czech hockey.

David Pastrnak takes a whack at the puck
David Pastrnak takes a whack at the puck
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The Bruins topped the Devils in a shutout win.  Next up? The Flyers at TD Garden, Saturday at 1:00 PM.

  • Let's revisit the victory in GIFs, shall we? []
  • David Pastrnak skated with his idol David Krejci against the Czech-heavy Devils and Jaromir Jagr. His mom was in the stands.  [CSNNE]
  • No, you didn't see Loui Eriksson last night after an uncalled slash in Pittsburgh. Dougie Hamilton and Zdeno Chara got a little breather. [BostonHerald]
  • Niklas Svedberg got the shutout with 14 saves. Chris Kelly and Patrice Bergeron shared a milestone. Old friend Michael Ryder, now over a case of the mumps, spoke about the Devils' unique coaching system. [PatriotLedger]
  • The game was an improvement over the scrambly, luck-dependent win on Wednesday night. The Bruins achieved a bit of calm, and Milan Lucic looked more like himself. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Observations: The Bruins are finally drawing some penalties. Posession numbers are up overall. [NESN]
  • More observations: The Bruins came out gunning from the beginning, and in new line combinations. [WEEI]
  • Claude Julien is finally be seeing what he has been seeking from the team- focus and energy. [WEEI]
  • So maybe we can squash talk of firing coaches here? It isn't the answer for the Bruins (or for the Wild.) [EyeOnHockey]
  • The Bruins look to build on momentum. The Devils cannot blame goalie Corey Schneider, who kept them in the game. [NYPost]
  • Pssst! The phones are busy between Boston and Arizona, and Keith Yandle is rumored to be the reason. [TheFourthPeriod ]
  • Health (finally!), puck possession, a Vezina calibre goalie... and now luck, too? Will simply making the playoffs be enough to save Bruins jobs?  [TheSportingNews]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Count on fun from the Grand Rapids Griffins, as they roll out tacky old "'80s Night," complete with retro video. [TheHockeyNews]
  • Here's a serving of potpourri from around the NHL. Bonus: Hey, remember the Spengler Cup? Also, thank you, CapGeek, and a look back at the 1987 WJC Canada v. USSR brawl. [Grantland]
  • Reassessing predictions made for the NHL season: Some teams are as projected, others have surprised or disappointed. [Grantland]
  • Midseason awards predictions: The projected (and current) favorite for the Selke is no surprise.  [SportsIllustrated]
  • Sometimes a familiar face appears in the stands at an NHL game. Here's a gallery of faces you know in the crowd. [SportsIllustrated]
  • Here's an intriguing coaching choice- swap goalies for a penalty shot situation. [PuckDaddy]
  • A few details are left to be determined for the All-Star Game including who will coach, which rookies will be invited, and who will entertain? [BlueJacketsXtra]
  • Have a look back at how the appearance of the ice sheet has changed over time at NHL rinks. [FrozenFaceoff]
  • Here, hold the camera! Whatever could go wrong with a lawnmower jump if you're wearing goalie gear? [BarDown]
  • More photoshop fun... NHL players as clowns. [BarDown]
  • Yandle is a Yank, as is 'Yotes teammate Connor Murphy. Watch as they taste test Canadian snack food and snark about it.  (Video, 4:30) [Sportsnet]