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Pittsburgh Penguins v Boston Bruins
Brad Marchand putting on the moves
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Rivalry Night! the Bruins are in Pittsburgh hoping to build on their win in Montreal. Puck drop at 7:30PM on NBCSN.

  • Sure, the lines are juggled and enough goals resulted to eke out a win. The trouble is maintaining a scoring tempo game after game. The Boston Globe
  • Wasn’t it fun watching the Bruins beat the Canadiens? Here! Relish it one more time. Plenty of NSFW here. (With video) Days Of Y’Orr
  • Good news for Matt Grzelcyk! Tag, you’re it! The bad news? Matt Beleskey is on injured reserve, likely out for six weeks. Mass Live
  • Among Brandon Carlo’s talents is mental toughness, unusual in a player his age. It has served him well. Sports Illustrated
  • How about the David Krejci and David Pastrnak reunion? They and Tim Schaller were pretty effective in Montreal. Fox Sports
  • Meanwhile in Providence, here are the bullet points from the weekend’s action- the clock is ticking on both the Matt Bartkowski and Peter Mueller PTOs. Get well soon, Linus Arnesson! Providence Journal

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • From deep in the Vault, look back to 1957 when new coach Milt Schmidt took over a newly resurgent Bruins team that had been out of the playoff picture post WWII. Sports Illustrated
  • Godspeed Alan Thicke, who collapsed while playing hockey with his son. US Magazine Apparently he had a hand in on getting Wayne Gretzky to the LA Kings... Bar Down
  • Thirty Thoughts ponders whether or not the NHL will find a way to cash in on esports. If there’s whiff of profit in it, my bet is that the Bettman is pouncing on it. Number 9 is Ryan Spooner, and 10 is all Pasta. Number 8 is a shoutout to Jarome Iginla, who is still looking for a Stanley Cup Sportsnet
  • RIP, morning skate- even John Tortorella has now forsaken them. The Score
  • Here’s a listing of the worst player on each NHL team, or in the case of Pittsburgh, the only player they LIKE on the team. OUCH! Russian Machine Never Breaks
  • Stop trying to make an NHL playoff structure that offers a “play-in” game happen. It’s not going to happen. ESPN