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We're keeping our fingers crossed for Jonas Gustavsson.

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]