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Last night's win was an especially big night for two young Bruins

The Bruins celebrate the first win of the season.
The Bruins celebrate the first win of the season.
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The Bruins get a couple of down days to relish their first victory of the season.

  • Tyler Randell and Tommy Cross have a lot of personal history. Now they have shared their successful NHL debuts.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • The Bruins chased Semyon Varlamov, and every member of the Ryan Spooner line scored a goal to boot.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Zdeno Chara is back, and Jonas Gustavsson was solid. There were a number of things to like about last night's game.[BruinsDaily]

  • Take five... observations from the game. And what will the inevitable return of Brad Marchand mean to the lineup?[WEEI]

  • Timely saves buoyed the team, Jimmy Hayes had a breakthrough night, and the Bruins face the (gasp) undefeated Coyotes next.[HockeyBuzz]

  • Frank Vatrano is the real deal.[ScoutingPost]

  • The Providence bruins took one point home from Hartford, losing 4-3 in overtime.[ProvidenceJournal]

  • Dig into a long read on the Bruins' roster upheval, subsequent slow start, disdain for the shootout, and how Claude Julien's failed coach's challenge simply proves that some things never change.[DorchesterReporter]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The Ducks (and former Bruin Anton Khudobin) suffered a shutout loss to the Coyotes- take note, fans, as the Bruins are headed to Glendale to play on Saturday.[LATimes]

  • A number of teams remain winless this season. [SBNation]

  • Every NHL team needs a theme song. Here's one for each team.[SportsIllustrated]

  • Here's a very early suggestion for the Maple Leafs fan on your gift list- "Babsocks."[PuckDaddy]

  • Cheer up, Buffalo, you're trending upward- the Pegulas have money and plans, and the Sabres have Jack Eichel.[Grantland]

  • Oh, the humanity! Laugh at these cringeworthy shark costumes, just in time for Halloween.[BattleOfCali]

  • The NHL received some very specific legal advice on the issue of dementia and head injury- lay low, and let the NFL be the canary in the coal mine.[TSN]

  • Who could begrudge Toronto a reason to cheer? Here are reactions around the NHL to the Toronto Blue Jays' victory.[Sportsnet]