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All is well with the world!

Tuukka Rask is congratulated by Patrice Bergeron after the shutout win
Tuukka Rask is congratulated by Patrice Bergeron after the shutout win
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The Bruins can pack their newfound confidence to take along on the road to Florida later this week.

  • Controversy, schmontroversy! Last night Tuukka Rask looked more like himself (after assuring backup Jonas Gustavsson pregame that he'd try to keep it under three goals) and the new guys are starting to play without second-guessing themselves.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Okay, the weary Coyotes were playing sequential nights on a road trip, but a healthy David Krejci and full 60 minute effort was a step toward more confidence and stability in the Bruins win.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Krejci is producing eye-popping numbers. Bonus: Other quick takes include Rask beginning to dig his save percentage out of the basement.[TSN]

  • The numbers demonstrate that Loui Eriksson is quietly driving puck possession and making the players around him better.[NESN]

  • Got rumors? Eriksson is being shopped (AGAIN...) possibly in a deal that will involve Chris Kelly.[OttawaSun]

  • Balance! The Bruins can't expect to skate by on offense alone.[WEEI]

  • A few dinged Bruins went missing from the bench as a precaution once the game was well in hand.[WEEI]

  • Tyler Randell and Joonas Kemppainen are working well together, making their marks as "new guys" to the NHL.[PatriotLedger]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Time to queue up for a copy of Reggie Leach's new biography ‘The Riverton Rifle: My Story—Straight Shooting on Hockey and on Life.’ [Manitoulan]

  • Thirty Thoughts tackles the Ryan Johansen situation in Columbus with John Tortorella and continues on to Dallas, where the goalie coach may do well to learn to speak Finnish.[Sportsnet]

  • Now the story is that Dougie Hamilton's helicopter parents were behind his move out of Boston. And they stage manage Freddie Hamilton's career, too![Boston.CBSLocal]

  • Hi, I'm Chad Johnson is getting the job done for the Sabres after Robin Lehner's injury, including a desperate save to allow his team an overtime win last night.[TheHockeyNews]

  • New coaches are assessing players just as players may be learning a new system. It all takes a toll early in the season, when everyone seems to be a half-step behind.[TheScore]

  • Just in time for Halloween, workers discovered a couple of old costumes during work at the MBTA Government Center station.[TheBostonGlobe]