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The Bruins survived a second period barrage as well as a shootout in the win

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Brad Marchand, multi-sport star, now tries his hand at placekicking.
Brad Marchand, multi-sport star, now tries his hand at placekicking.
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The Bruins took 2 points from the Maple Leafs last night.

  • The Bruins nearly snatched defeat from the jaws of victory, but toughed it out for the shootout win in Toronto. Kudos to the improved penalty kill, and to Tuukka Rask for coming up big when it mattered.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • In fact, Rask stopped 39 of 42 shots.[CBSSports]

  • It was a roller coaster of emotion for Landon Ferraro, who went from steeling himself for a return to the Grand Rapids Griffins to his debut as a Bruin, then to a goal which became an assist, and then finally to a TSN interview by his own father at rinkside in just over one day.[TheBostonGlobe] You can watch the interview here. [SportsIllustrated]

  • Dig into these 5 bullet points from the game. Ugh- that second period![WEEI]

  • Zac Rinaldo scored after collecting a banked pass from Dennis Seidenberg. The big question is will Zac's dad survive the excitement? (With video)[NESN]

  • In addition to his shorthanded goal, Brad Marchand displayed some almost Red Sox worthy talent in this batted-in tally. (With video)[PuckDaddy]

  • The role that Matt Beleskey is playing for the Bruins is very like the one he formerly played for the Ducks.[BruinsDaily]

  • A little less "big and bad," the Bruins have increased speed to match their increased scoring.[TheHockeyNews]

  • The Bruins have released their Winter Classic Alumni Game roster, lots of familiar faces will be playing.[LetsGoBruins]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The Maple Leafs have finally been supplanted by two other NHL teams in this ranking of financial value.[Sportsnet]

  • The Bruins have been on both the winning and losing side of waivers recently, there is now a good argument for changing the rules.[PensionPlanPuppets]

  • Hockey is sport numero uno in Canada, but five issues threaten its continued dominance.[TheStar]

  • You've seen her Tweets featured here on Stanley Cup of Chowder- now meet Jen Conway, AKA @NHLHistoryGirl. She uses her librarian skills to her advantage. (Video, 3:39)[KVRR]

  • The biggest news may not be that the NHL will test players for cocaine, but that they were not already doing so. The NHL and NHLPA still need to decide on testing and penalties.[TheHockeyNews]

  • Officials' calls regarding goalie interference have been all over the board, and Carey Price seems to have mastered the concept. Kerry Fraser takes a look.[TSN]

  • Former Bruin Michael Hutchinson will answer the call in net as Ondrej Pavelec is injured and likely to miss significant time.[Sportsnet]

  • China is serious about ice hockey in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, and they have turned to the Czechs for help.[SBNation]

  • How cool (and Canadian) is this homemade Zamboni and its little driver? (with video)[BarDown]