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It’s contagious, and it’s going around in Boston

Boston Bruins v New York Rangers
David Pastrnak’s sleight of hand slips the puck into the net.
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Never mind New York, on to Detroit for Saturday night!

  • This is not the team you seek... but they are 3-4 so far on the season. The glaring injury (and subsequent goaltending) problems are not the root problem. Scouting Post
  • Thus far, the newer, faster Bruins are not competitive with the better teams in the conference. Still, the Bruins and Zane McIntyre, in his NHL debut, managed a solid first half. Austin Czarnik notched his first NHL goal. The Boston Globe
  • Take a deep breath and then take five... observations from the game. Four games, four goaltenders... WHEEEEEEEEE! WEEI
  • In fact, the Bruins goaltending situation hearkens back to a record set by the Islanders in 2010. The Score
  • But it was 2-0! And the Bruins drew first blood for the first time this season. Then they racked up six (!) unanswered penalties. Boston Herald
  • Well, the penalties part was no surprise, at least to some people. @BruinsComments
  • One of those penalties will have David Pastrnak speaking with the NHl Department of Player Safety. The Hockey News
  • In a perfect world, the Bruins and their subpar roster would be healthy and be doing just fine. Once injuries set in, though, all bets are off. WEEI
  • Maybe the REAL injury is acute secondperioditis, as explained here. Bruins Daily
  • Speaking of injuries, here is a synopsis. Tuukka Rask may be able to go on Saturday, Anton Khudobin remains sidelined, and expect an update on David Backes this weekend. Providence Journal
  • Don’t sharpen your pitchforks for Malcolm Subban until you take a moment in hindsight. Consider the part played by the NHL draft setup as well as decisions made by past Bruins administrations as they affected expectations for him. WEEI
  • Meanwhile, in Providence, young Daniel Vladar made 35 saves in the PBruins loss in overtime on the penalty kill to the Toronto Marlies. Providence Journal
  • It’s too late to snap up David Backes’ residence in Clayton, Missouri, but you can at least admire it in the pictures here. St. Louis Business Journal

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Pause a moment in the face of the NHL’s youthquake to acknowledge the old guard. Here’s a sample NHL roster chock full of experience. Sportsnet
  • Wayne Gretzky’s strongest memories of the significance of meeting Gordie Howe as a boy were, well, childish, as he reports in his new book. (With audio) NPR
  • Dig into Thirty Thoughts, where #6 speculates whom the Bruins might acquire in their current goalie pinch- a local lad is available. Sportsnet
  • The Red Wings’ new arena needs a new moniker. How about ‘The DoughJoe?’ MLive