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The Bruins took down the Canadiens at the Centre Bell last night.

How sweet it is... Patrice Bergeron gives Matt Beleskey a hug.
How sweet it is... Patrice Bergeron gives Matt Beleskey a hug.
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Enjoy a bit of smug satisfaction, Bruins fans!

  • Kirk Luedeke is glad he didn't switch off the TV after the first 47 minutes of the game. Now are you ready for the Winter Classic?[ScoutingPost]

  • Tuukka Rask sparkled in net, and the Bruins uncharacteristically unleashed three unanswered goals in the third period for the win.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • We're now seeing the Loui Eriksson that the Bruins acquired, the one that was held back by concussion early in his Boston tenure.[Sportsnet]

  • Jimmy Hayes was back, and adjustments were made to accommodate the loss of Joonas Kemppainen to injury. Max Talbot stepped in to cover penalty killing and faceoff duties.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Take five... points from the game. Who says Rask can't beat the Habs?[WEEI]

  • And one pro tio: It would be in your best interest not to leave Patrice Bergeron alone in front of your net.[Sportsnet]

  • Frank Vatrano has gone pointless in six games, but remains confident.[BostonHerald]

  • Did you see that golf pass from Zdeno Chara that freed Eriksson to score that shorthanded goal...[SportsIllustrated]

  • ...or the snippy exchange of slashes between Brad Marchand and P.K. Subban?[Sportsnet]

  • High praise for Marchand, who has become a dominant player, especially considering the source! Bonus: HNIC style montage of the Bruins/Canadiens rivalry.[Sportsnet]

  • Following a successful weekend which included scoring quota on Sunday, the Providence Bruins have a 4 game win streak. Coach Bruce Cassidy spoke with Joe Tasca. (Audio, 9:25)[PBruinsThisWeek]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Santa, baby... this power ranking is a snarky Santa's list of silliness, including the Bruins at #10 (clearly before last night's game result was in!)[Sportsnet]

  • Paul Stewart has no faith in the NHL crackdown on embellishment. And he'd like a word with Tim Peel- one that doesn't involve the f-bomb.[Hockeybuzz]

  • There's been a scheduling glitch that will affect the Blades vs. Canadiennes game planned in conjunction with the Winter Classic.[TSN]

  • Elliotte Friedman offers his Thirty Thoughts. At #13, it takes a big man to apologize. And at #23, the Brad Marchand penalty shot in Calgary during a penalty kill showcased a situation that seemed unfair.[Sportsnet]

  • Former NHLer Patrick O'Sullivan suffered abuse at the hands of his father, including daily beatings after hockey games that elevated to choking and cigarette burns. He now understands what drove his father to violence, and why no one, let alone his mother, stepped in to protect him, despite their clear suspicions.[ThePlayersTribune]

  • Die, shootout, DIE! The advent of 3-on 3 overtime has freed players to conclude tied games creatively.[TSN]

  • Here's a comprehensive rundown of the stereotypical hockey fans you'll see at the game. Collect them all![BarDown]

  • Here's one way to preserve your timeout to use on a coach's challenge... very clever![TheHockeyNews]

  • The NWHL has tapped Patrick Burke as consultant to handle matters of player safety.[TodaysSlapShot]