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A Washington Capital blows out his drive, and an Islanders goalie makes serial saves in his SUV with a tow strap.

Jonas Gustavsson gets a faceful of Scott Hartnell's behind
Jonas Gustavsson gets a faceful of Scott Hartnell's behind
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Was it a pretty win against the Blue Jackets? Hardly, but then again, the Bruins will take it. ON to Philadelphia, where the Bruins face the Flyers at 7:00PM tonight.

  • Claude Julien made some adventurous choices on Saturday. "Donald Trump would have been a more likely right-wing candidate to ride with Marchand and Bergeron than Spooner."[TheBostonGlobe]

  • One such surprise was in store for Jonas Gustavsson , and another for Torey Krug.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Five occurrences of note- the "Too Many Men" penalty was NOT against the Bruins, and wasn't it nice to see David Pastrnak notch one?[WEEI]

  • One can understand why Brett Connolly watched from the press box, but the Bruins seem better off with the winger in their lineup despite his recent slump.[WEEI]

  • Healing wishes go out to John Tortorella, who was unable to coach his team due to a freak accident during an outdoor practice back home in Ohio on Friday.[BlueJacketsExtra]

  • In this recap of both the Vancouver and Columbus games, Kirk Luedeke quips that the latter was "The Night of Jonas" and notes that the former says a lot about what ails the Bruins.[ScoutingPost]

  • The Bruins power play has been rather quiet of late.[BostonHerald]

  • Meanwhile, in Providence Bruins action... Frank Vatrano (apparently in Providence he's "Frankie...") lit 'em up Friday in a win over the Springfield Falcons.[ProvidenceBruins]

  • But then on Saturday the PBruins fell in overtime to the same opponent.[ProvidenceBruins]

  • Then yesterday the PBruins beat the Penguins 5-2.[CitizensVoice]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Catch up to the storylines of the week, including conjecture about the future of War On Ice, and what may become the next analytics go-to site...[TSN]

  • ...and there were five notable occurrences, including two hat tricks in one game as well as one team pulling their goalie with 10 minutes left to go in their eventual loss.[Sportsnet]

  • You Can't Do That: Former Bruin Milan Lucic delivered a sucker punch in the Kings' loss to the Panthers that yielded him a one-game suspension.[TSN]

  • The fans have spoken, and Jaromir Jagr will reluctantly comply by attending the All-Star Game.[Sportsnet] Meanwhile, a Czech magazine illustrated their cover with an imagined likeness of an aging Jagr.[BarDown]

  • The Gray Lady has spoken. Kiss the NHL teams' morning skate tradition goodbye.[TheNewYorkTimes]

  • Take a nostalgic look back at FoxTrax's glowing puck... or not.[TheHockeyNews]

  • When a rare, big snowstorm hits Washington, Alex Ovechkin has to blow snow out of his driveway just like everyone else.[BarDown]

  • And in other storm news, it was the Islanders' Thomas Greiss for the save... with his SUV and tow rope, plucking stranded motorists from the snowy ditches of New York. Vielen Dank![LighthouseHockey]

  • Experienced snowman Johnny Boychuk was, however, was nearly stymied by equipment failure. With his teammates returning from a road trip, he promised to clear all of his teammates' parked cars, and demonstrated his sense of humor in doing so.[LighthouseHockey]

  • Congratulations to Team USA, who beat Team Canada in the 2016 World Sled Hockey Challenge.[USAHockey]

  • While in Minnesota, Brent Burns looked up to older Wild players like former Bruin Brian Rolston, became a wine afficionado, and always knew he wanted to be a father sooner rather than later. His move to San Jose suited him nicely.[StarTribune]