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Bobby Robins and John Scott would like a word with you

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Bobby Robins discusses the merits of fighting with an opponent.
Bobby Robins discusses the merits of fighting with an opponent.
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One NHL tough guy is in the news, and another still keeps in touch after retirement.

  • One major reason the Bruins are not circling the NHL drain at the All-Star break is due to their all-star, Patrice Bergeron.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Never tell me the odds! The Bruins stand at a 25:1 likelihood of winning the Stanley Cup, but much depends on what lies immediately ahead.[NESN]

  • Don't lock in your postseason travel plans yet. The Bruins future depends on some Don Sweeney choices, player health, and whether or not streakiness continues for the team.[PatriotLedger]

  • Revolving doors to the press box and Claude Julien juggling forward lines is very telling. Several players could take a lesson from Ryan Spooner.[BostonHerald]

  • Midseason report cards are in for the Bruins forwards.[BruinsDaily]

  • The Bruins loll amongst several NHL teams that either need to make a move to hit their postseason mark, or risk skating off quietly into the sunset.[SBNation]

  • The ever eloquent former Bruin Bobby Robins addresses the eternal question- is fighting in hockey real, or all for show?[Facebook,BobbyRobinsPro]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • As we leave off the regular season for a moment, check the NHL Power Rankings. The Bruins have chugged up to #6, just under the surprising Panthers.[Sportsnet]

  • The unlikeliest hero emerging from the NHL All-Star Game is the West captain (who only misbehaves ON the ice.) John Scott recounts why he ultimately wouldn't roll over and play dead for the NHL brass.[PlayersTribune]

  • Don't even bother trying to buy a Scott All-Star t-shirt, either...[BarDown]

  • Temper your enthiusiasm for the current NHL All-Star game. Being named to the roster was once an important honor.[Sportsnet]

  • Digital hockey cards? I never saw it coming![TheHockeyNews]

  • A reminder- the AHL will stream their All-Star challenge and skills competiton FOR FREE.[TheHockeyNews]

  • This'll give you man-cave envy. All the kewl kids have home Jumbotrons, and one brings new meaning to the words "hardwood floor."[BarDown]

  • A seemingly small rule tweak regarding sponsorship will allow Olympians to cash in on their personal endorsement agreements during the Olympic games.[TSN]

  • Move over, Sedin brothers, another pair of hockey playing twins is emerging out of Colgate University.[TheGlobeAndMail]

  • This week's Thirty Thoughts goes international, with the KHL expanding hockey into Beijing and becoming a viable route for players to the NHL.[Sportsnet]

  • Godspeed Providence's colorful former mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci. He was often seen at the Providence Bruins' games.[ProvidenceJournal]

  • It is a sign. There's a liquid Velveeta fountain on display at the All-Star Game. Can Marty Turco be far behind?[Vine,BrooksBratten]