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Juggling Brad Marchand between lines, Ryan Spooner to wing, and solid return to action by Zach Trotman paid off for the Bruins

Get off of my net! Tuukka Rask and Torey Krug defend.
Get off of my net! Tuukka Rask and Torey Krug defend.
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The Bruins face the Maple Leafs in Toronto this evening to close out their home-and-home series at 7:30PM.

  • When we left off on Saturday... Kirk Luedeke's recap of the game highlights a tight goaltending duel, a resurgent Zdeno Chara, and good games from Zach Trotman, Brad Marchand, and Matt Beleskey.[ScoutingPost]

  • Remember Zdeno Chara's slap shot? It's baaaaack. Trotman spoke about biding his time until his successful return from being scratched. Also, hats off to James Reimer... seriously.[HockeyBuzz]

  • Reunited, and the results feel so good- Marchand is back to his impish, productive self flanking Patrice Bergeron after having been assigned to shore up the third line.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Ryan Spooner and Brett Connolly on the wings centered by Joonas Kemppainen achieved solid possession numbers and some legitimate scoring chances on the post-Marchand, new-look third line.[WEEI]

  • After a number of unsustainable, high-scoring games, the Bruins have to become comfortable in working through low-scoring ones as well.[ProvidenceJournal]

  • Kirk Luedeke has a few observations on waiver acquisition Landon Ferraro, who would be an "atypical" Bruin.[ScoutingPost]

  • Meanwhile, in Providence... the weekend was a mixed bag for the PBruins. Here are the notable points. Sadly, the team languishes at the bottom of the AHL, plagued by injuries.[ProvidenceJournal]

  • The Man in the Stitched Mask: Have a quick visit with goalie Gerry Cheevers, whose famous mask decorates his grandson's bedroom wall, despite lucrative offers to sell.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Brian Babineau shot this black and white photo gallery of the Bruins on the road. Several Bruins show remarkable personal style.[Bruins.NHL]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Goaltenders have increased in skill drastically compared to their teammates in skating positions. Skilled coaching has been key, and high-scoring games are likely a thing of the past.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Note to self: NEVER try to block a JOHNNY ROCKET! Brendan Gallagher will require surgery after a Johnny Boychuk shot broke his fingers.[TSN]

  • Lost & Found: Sergei Bobrovski appears to be back, after confessing to a loss of confidence that showed on the Blue Jackets' scoreboard.[PuckDaddy]

  • Thanks to his dad, this kid has a really unique hockey stick. May the Force be with him.[BarDown]

  • Hey, scouts- take a tip from the pros and have a gander at metrics as part of your assessment of a player.[Sportsnet]

  • Imaginative jerseys for special occasions a specialty... the brothers Scott and Chris Gollnick produce a lot of the theme night hockey jerseys we so enjoy.[TheHockeyNews]

  • YAY! The woeful Maine Black Bears broke an eight-game losing streak... by sweeping the University of Vermont Catamounts. BOO![BangorDailyNews]

  • Dear Brian Trottier... a letter to the youngster from his older, wiser self.[PlayersTribune]

  • A REAL bruin takes to the ice on skates between periods, shoots and SCORES! (Video, 1:48)[YouTube, via Reddit]

  • Two junior hockey players (Lincoln, Nebraska Stars) facing felony charges after distributing their video featuring an underage girl will change their pleas to guilty as charged.[BismarckTribune]