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Zach Trotman receives Zdeno Chara's congratulations after scoring his first goal of the season.
Zach Trotman receives Zdeno Chara's congratulations after scoring his first goal of the season.
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The Bruins enter the All-Star Break in third place in the Atlantic Division.

  • Buck up, Bruins fans, the Bruins are topping expectations, and have met their internal goal to be at third place in the division.[WEEI]

  • Quota. Sigh. The Ducks knocked in 6 goals to top the Bruins. Jonas Gustavsson fell ill, and a weary Tuukka Rask found himself pressed into service for the second night in a row.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Hey- remember that time Goalie Bob Essensa dressed as Rask's backup?[THeBostonGlobe]

  • Postgame, Torey Krug insisted that he challenged Chris Stewart (who didn't want any part of it.) Also, hard questions about Jonas Kemppainen's usage.[Hockeybuzz]

  • No worries, Jack Edwards lit into Stewart from the press box. (With video, natch!)[PuckDaddy]

  • Among random notes: The ceremonial puck drop honoring Boston College coach Jerry York was taken by former BC player Jimmy Hayes. There is still no update on Adam McQuaid.[NESN]

  • Don't look now, but Brad Marchand is scoring at a torrid pace.[BostonHerald]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Speaking of emergency backup goalies, Patrick Roy was almost pressed into service to cover Semyon Varlamov, who was in court.[PuckDaddy]

  • Surprise! The Minnesota Wild have hired the co-founders of the statistics website War On Ice.[USAToday]

  • Hitting the age of 21 means curtains for a player's junior hockey career. Is this arbitrary ceiling necessary? Is it time for an "in-between" league?[TheConcordian]

  • Answer: 45. Question: How many penalty shots did it take a German women's league team to bring a game to a record-breaking close?[IIHF]

  • Cory Schneider is getting right into the All-Star spirit with a new set of custom pads. Can fringe be far behind?[BarDown]

  • Enjoy a wee bit of snark with these brutally honest NHL 16 player ratings.[BarDown]

  • Here's why not to get too excited about a winning (or losing) streak- RANDOMNESS.[Sportsnet]

  • And speaking of numbers, how is it possible that only three NHL players have ever been suspended for using performance enhancing substances? It boggles the mind.[Sportsnet]

  • It is #BellLetsTalk day once again, with money raised to fight mental illness with each text, call, Tweet or Facebook share as detailed here.[PensionPlanPuppets]