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Think OUTSIDE the Box

It is hard to score goals from the penalty box, and penalty killing burns needed energy.

Zdeno Chara feels shame as he is escorted to the penalty box.
Zdeno Chara feels shame as he is escorted to the penalty box.
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The Bruins move on from the Predators to face the Canadiens at the Centre Bell tomorrow evening at 7:30PM on NBCSN Rivalry Night.

  • There were bright points for the Bruins in several players' performances against the Predators. Bonus: James Neal received both a tongue lashing and an embellishment penalty.[ScoutingPost]

  • The already travel weary Bruins were more tired after seven penalty kills. The loss of Joonas Kemppainen didn't help.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Take five... observations from the game. If practice makes perfect, will the Bruins now have a perfect penalty kill?[WEEI]

  • Zdeno Chara has changed his game with age, and still finds ways to produce. We're seeing fewer of his vaunted slap shots in favor of more wristers and more pinching down, for example.[WEEI]

  • Jonas Gustavsson had hoped to rebound from being pulled in Calgary. He did appreciate getting a start so quickly, and gave his team the chance to win.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Speaking of Milt Schmidt, Patrice Bergeron has now equalled the legendary Bruin in scoring.[NESN]

  • First goal of the game? No problem... but the Bruins don't possess the depth and skill to rally in the closing period.[BruinsDaily]

  • All was not smooth sailing for Kevan Miller, but he scored the first goal, which was nice.[ProvidenceJournal]

  • Max Talbot has also been riding out his ups and downs, only in Providence, as he waits for his next callup. Meanwhile, the PBruins appreciate his veteran influence and willingness to share his expertise with the young players.[BruinsDaily]

  • Take a moment to catch up with the Bruins prospects: Catch Zachary Senyshyn if you can- he's on quite a tear.[ScoutingPost]

  • Three young American Bruins prospects have been invited to the World Junior Championship Team USA camp.[Fansided]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Gaze into the crystal ball and predict what the NHL will look like in five short years.[TSN]

  • Meanwhile, at the Board of Governors meeting... NHL expansion sounds great, but owners balk at details such as the expansion draft that that would require. Bonus: Salary cap issues were up for discussion, and what other topics await on the agenda.[TSN]

  • Good news is that a salary cap raise appears to be forthcoming.[Sportsnet]

  • In the rumor roundup, the Ducks may be ready to dish old friend Anton Khudobin, and Peter Chiarelli may be ready to make a move for a new Oilers defenseman.[TheHockeyNews]

  • Take a joyous dive into a pile of 28,815 plush toys (it took 37 minutes to collect them!) as the Calgary Hitmen have hit a new record in their annual charity collection. (With video)[TheHockeyNews]

  • Going forward, the NWHL "Runs on Dunkin" as the coffeeshop chain enters into the first sponsorship for the new league.[TodaysSlapShot]

  • Parents behaving badly... racial slurs were reportedly directed toward a veteran on-ice official at a peewee game at an Ottawa rink- the incident is under investigation.[YahooCanada]