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Coming Up Short

It is the shortest day of the year, things WILL be brighter tomorrow

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New York Islanders v Boston Bruins
Love you! No, love you Moore (Dominic Moore)
Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

The days are short and dark- maybe a change of scenery will help? The Bruins travel to face the Panthers in sunny Florida Thursday at 7:30 PM on NESN.

  • The early goals were gift wrapped for the Islanders. At least we have the fourth line going for us, which is nice. Anton Blidh scored his first NHL goal. The Boston Globe
  • Take five... observations from the game. It rankles that the Bruins seem to play down to lesser competitors. Colin Miller’s play is improving steadily as time progresses. WEEI
  • It was Keystone Cops behind the net when Brad Marchand and his goaltender miscued and then collided, leading to the first Isles goal. Cheer up, Tuukka Rask, Carey Price got the hook this week, too. The Boston Globe
  • Fifty. Count ‘em! FIFTY SHOTS on net yielded but two Bruins goals. WEEI
  • Austin Czarnik and Tim Schaller take pride in their penalty killing prowess. Patriot Ledger
  • Finally, Jimmy Hayes is giving his coaches a reason to not automatically return him to the press box. The Bruins played a video montage in honor of Dennis Seidenberg’s return to TD Garden. The Boston Globe
  • Wallow in a decidedly NSFW take on the game, dammit. Days Of Y’Orr
  • Then return to the holiday spirit with Rene Rancourt and The Bear performing “Blue Christmas.” (with video) Bar Down
  • NAME THAT PEEWEE! Clue 1 Need help? Clue 2 One more, and that’s all you get, heck, it is all you should NEED! Clue 3 (All photos the from the player’s Instagram)

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • It was a sort of “Christmas Miracle On Ice” that hopefully will have Craig Cunningham discharged from the hospital very soon. TSN He is doing much better, thank you, as he and his family look to his long recovery. TSN
  • Good goalies, not so good outcomes... Take a look at 11 netminders who played lights-out and deserved better results. Yahoo Sports
  • Spengler Cup of Merlot? I spy a familiar name on Canada’s Spengler Cup roster... Hockey Canada
  • Another Merlot member was integral to an odd moment last night, when his Sabres sparring partner paused to adjust his sick hockey flow for the cameras. SB Nation
  • That Merlot member helped Milan Lucic decide where he wanted to play next. Leaving the sun and fun of California was the right decision for him and his family- here’s why. The Globe And Mail
  • Here are the items that should be on each NHL team’s Christmas list. USA Today
  • Still looking for that perfect gift? Here’s the help you need (?) Fear the Fin