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The Bruins bested the Sabres, but at what cost?

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NHL: Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres
Riley Nash pasted to the plexi
Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins get another crack at the Sabres tomorrow afternoon at 1:00PM on NESN.

  • Stop me if you’ve heard this one- the Bruins fell behind in the first period... At least this time they eked out a win. It came at a cost, though. The Boston Globe
  • David Backes was on the wrong end of a head shot, and didn’t return to the game. WEEI
  • Interestingly, William Carrier will not be on ice for the rematch tomorrow. @MarkDivver I guess he hurt his hand somehow? Buffalo News
  • Got problems? The Bruins clearly do. Finding a solution will be the difference between limping into the playoffs and flat out missing them. WEEI
  • The NHL is moving away from fisticuffs, but last night’s decidedly one-sided restraint of willing combatants was a hiccup in that process. Frank Vatrano was pressed into service to replace Backes on the David Krejci line. The Boston Globe
  • Adding insult to injury, penalty minutes were piled on Adam McQuaid. At least the Bruins demonstrated a willingness to strike back on the scoreboard. (With video) Boston Herald
  • Ineffective or one-sided officiating can get someone hurt. McQuaid and Colin Miller both got the short end of the stick last night. WEEI
  • Goals from the recently quiet Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci are a hopeful sign of a turnaround for the Bruins. WEEI

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • It was a fine night in Ottawa as the Senators feted Daniel Alfredsson and raised his number to the rafters. (With video) Sportsnet
  • Fighting in hockey is in the news again, and on the decline overall. Yahoo Sports
  • In year-end lists... A tidy dozen changes the NHL needs to make. Fox Sports A certain Bruin made this list of the top NHL debuts of the season. The Hockey News How about the top events of the year in hockey that were hard to characterize- the Alternative List. Yahoo Sports Or enjoy the schadenfreude of the NHL’s worst own-moments. SBNation
  • The Bruins don’t even rank in the “mushy middle” in this power ranking. The Hockey News
  • Hockey Canada has noted dropping numbers in youth participation in the sport, and have a new ad campaign to promote the game. The Globe And Mail