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GIMME A "Q"... GIMME AN "U"... GIMME AN "O"... GIMME A "T"... GIMME AN "A"...

Infectious excitement... (David Pastrnak leaps into his teammates' arms)
Infectious excitement... (David Pastrnak leaps into his teammates' arms)
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The Bruins road trip continues to Toronto, where NBCSN has suddenly decided to broadcast Saturday's 7PM game, because Auston Matthews.

  • First things first, enjoy the six goals (all from David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand, and David Backes) by reviewing the videos linked here. Revel in them. Boston.com
  • Then percolate in the joyful period-by-period game recap (punctuated by GIFs) that comes from the very sauciest source. Love you, too, and welcome back! Days of Y'Orr
  • The young Bruins went into the game with a lot up in the air, but most of these questions were answered on the scoreboard. Scouting Post
  • The Bruins players returning from the World Cup led the rookie-heavy lineup past opening night mistakes in the first period, and remained resilient. The Boston Globe
  • Despite missing Patrice Bergeron, the Bruins first line powered the Bruins scoring. Bruins Daily
  • Sample size, I know... guess which "Little Ball of Great" is today's NHL leader in points? @NHL
  • Take five... observations from the game. Backes was great in the absence of Patrice Bergeron, and the team still managed to control the faceoff dot thanks to Riley Nash and David Krejci. WEEI
  • Rob O’Gara, Austin Czarnik, Danton Heinen, and Brandon Carlo were called upon suddenly in the face of injury. Mistakes were made, but more importantly, they were reviewed and shelved. The Boston Globe
  • Czarnik was able to celebrate his NHL debut with his college coach @CoachBlasi as well as his parents. @MarkDivver
  • Temper your expectations, Bruins fans, some very telling deficiencies were visible. WEEI
  • Meanwhile, in Providence, the season opener looms- What should we expect from the Providence Bruins? Providence Journal In news relevant to tonight's game.... Daniel Vladar has been called up, due to Malcom Subban's illness. @MarkDivver Tommy Cross will wear the "C" once again. @MarkDivver Peter Mueller will likely play tonight. @MarkDivver
  • Regarding Saturday... Dear Auston Matthews, be afraid. Be very afraid. @ETD51

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • So you're saying there's a chance...? Five NHL teams are watching the chances of a Stanley Cup trickle away over time. The Hockey News
  • NHL debuts were big news last night, including those of Backes and Brad Marchand. (With video) Sportsnet
  • Sean McIndoe offers interesting numbers from each NHL team, and in the case of the Bruins, suggests why David Pastrnak merits your attention. Sportsnet
  • Toujours frais? As he awaits medical clearance to rejoin his team, Sidney Crosby is back working the drive-through at his local Tim Hortons. NO, REALLY! The Beaverton