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The Bruins topped the Islanders, despite another dodgy stretch in the third period.

Brett Connolly unleashes a shot
Brett Connolly unleashes a shot
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Following a busy weekend, the Bruins take a breather until Thursday evening.

  • Panthers, Jets, WHATEVER. During the Bruins vs. Islanders game, there was some confusion on the Barclays Center scoreboard.[BarDown]

  • Despite a late night of travel, the Bruins had a jump in their steps yesterday. Thanks to Jonas Gustavsson having played in Montreal , Tuukka Rask was sharp against the Islanders.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Claude Julien sliced and diced the lines, even splitting up (gasp!) Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand for stretches. Of note in Friday's loss, Zach Trotman returned to the lineup and the Bruins actually won a coach's challenge![BostonHerald]

  • The Bruins lost their composure and the game on Saturday to the Canadiens in the waning minutes. At least the Habs fans seated nearby celebrated Frank Vatrano's goal along with his father in the stands.[WEEI]

  • It was a winnable game, which stung. David Krejci took costly penalties, and Kevan Miller struggled.[HockeyBuzz]

  • The Bruins are striving to integrate the development of their young talent along with winning their quota of games. It is not an easy balance. (Video, 2:03)[NESN]

  • There is nothing bad to say about Loui Eriksson 's performance this season except that it may well price him out of Boston- there's a tough decision ahead for the Bruins. Bonus: Frank Vatrano has been impressive.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Episode #4 of this season's "Behind the B" is available for viewing, featuring XXXXL sized Zdeno Chara and Jimmy Hayes struggling to don Minion costumes, and Patrice Bergeron 's heartwarming take on fatherhood. (Video, 21:15)[Bruins.NHL]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The entire OHL Flint Firebirds team has quit after their coaches were fired, including the player who happens to be the son of the team owner, and whose playing time may have sparked the whole affair.[WingingItInMotown]

  • Up until now, there has been an unwillingness for hockey coaches to share the nuts and bolts of their techniques in a book. "The Hockey Coaching Bible" offers input from a number of notable college hockey coaches, and is edited by Joe Bertagna, the Hockey East commissioner.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • The once glorious UMaine Black Bears are struggling, having rested on their laurels rather than investing in the continuing success of their program and facilities.[SBNCollegeHockey]

  • Coincidentally, the Black Bears goalie was sent to the penalty box yesterday after a kerfuffle between UMaine and Boston College.[PuckDaddy]

  • Meanwhile, at the 4 Nations Cup, it was the Boston Blades' and Team USA's Hillary Knight who scored the game winning goal over Team Canada in overtime.[TheHockeyNews]

  • Just as he is about to receive the Hockey Hall of Fame's Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award, TSN's Bob McKenzie is exposed as a sock puppet for the REAL insider... NO, REALLY! (Video, 5:18)[TSN]