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Low scoring continues, and isn’t likely to change anytime soon

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NHL: Los Angeles Kings at Boston Bruins
Atta boy! Jimmy Hayes wreaks havoc at net front.
Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

Having sent the Kings packing, the Bruins prepare to host the Islanders tomorrow night at 7:00PM on NESN.

  • Tuukka Rask earned the shutout and Jimmy Hayes scored the lone, game winning goal against the tired Kings on Sunday afternoon. The Bruins had to lean hard on their penalty killers. The Boston Globe
  • Five takeaways from the matinee include the return of Kevan Miller, and the echoing sound of Frank Vatrano’s skates possibly helping Hayes play what may have been his best game of the season. WEEI
  • In fact, the player Kirk Leudeke calls “the Springfield Rifle” is lightin’ ‘em up in Providence, and his return to Boston is nearing. Mass Live
  • Colin Miller received words of praise from his coach, his last two games have been solid. CBS Boston
  • The troubling low-scoring trend continues for the Bruins, and it appears they’re developing a comfort level with it. Patriot Ledger
  • And yes, that was Riley Nash you saw winging Patrice Bergeron on the first line in the absence of David Pastrnak, who underwent repairs for a “liquid elbow.” WEEI Actually, there is a more entertaining name for the ailment... Yahoo Sports
  • Even a blenderizing of the two power play units yielded no goals on four forays. Kevan Miller and Kyle Clifford settled some business between themselves in the first period. The Boston Globe
  • Giving credit where due, Claude Julien allowed that Hayes was looking more like what the Bruins had expected from him. WEEI
  • Consistent execution of the game plan both on the road AND at TD Garden would sure help silence the boo birds. The Fourth Period
  • Ah, memories... a certain former Bruin is available. Fox Sports
  • On Saturday, Matt Grzelcyk was sent back down to Providence. Bruins NHL
  • Speaking of Providence, the PBruins lost to the Phantoms in Allentown on Saturday night 7-1. In better news, both Peter Mueller and Matt Bartkowski were signed, and will remain with the team. Providence Journal The PBruins hosted Syracuse yesterday- Zane McIntyre saved 25 of 25 shots in the 3-1 win. Providence Bruins

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Ron McLean’s meditation on love, loss, and hope at Christmas is another stellar HNIC opening video montage.(Video, 5:21) Hometown Hockey
  • Congratulations to Masshole John Tortorella, who is now the first American-born NHL Head Coach to have won 500 games. Fellow Masshole Peter Laviolette stands second at 490 wins. Yahoo Sports
  • Jaromir Jagr is working his way up to second place in career scoring, and has put in the work to maintain his fitness in order to do so. The Globe And Mail
  • ATTENTION! Your nominee to become the new US Secretary of the Army is the Panthers’ owner Vincent Viola. TSN
  • The new rule that provides an independent, extra concussion-spotter is already under scrutiny. The New York Times
  • It has been 99 years. Happy anniversary, NHL! The Score
  • For the reader on your Christmas list, how about a history of hockey arena architecture? Puck Junk
  • If you skipped the newest iteration of the series 24/7, you’re not alone. What used to be a treasure trove of unfiltered gems now has been throttled back, as participants think hard before (and if) they speak. The Hockey News