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Cannonball Run

The Bruins are 3-1-0 so far on this road trip, and have clawed up over the Red Wings in the NHL standings.

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"Tuukks, you okay?" Matt Beleskey checks on Tuukka Rask after being pushed into him.
"Tuukks, you okay?" Matt Beleskey checks on Tuukka Rask after being pushed into him.
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The Bruins slid past the Blue Jackets, and will next face the Predators in Nashville on Thursday evening at 8:00PM.

  • The road trip has been successful so far, as the Bruins climb in the standings.[MetroWestDailyNews]

  • The team celebrated Patrice Bergeron's and Adam McQuaid's returns with a win, and Bergeron notched the game-tying goal. Tuukka Rask was shaken up at the end of the first, but stayed in net.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Mull over these points from the win. Were we at all surprised to see a penalty shot awarded on the Zdeno Chara hooking penalty?[WEEI]

  • Don Sweeney benefits from the Bruins being neither very good nor very bad in a weak conference. His options are open to read the trade market and play it as it lays.[WEEI]

  • Hats off to Rask for a fine performance behind often shaky defense. Dear Bruins, can't you make room for Colin Miller?[Hockeybuzz]

  • Last night also marked the end of Brad Marchand's goal streak.[BruinsDaily]

  • Gregory Campbell reminisced about Marchand's time with him on the Merlot Line. (With video)[NESN]

  • Projections for Team Czech Republic at the World Cup of Hockey include the usual suspects (David Krejci, Jaromir Jagr.) But the question is will room be made for David Pastrnak?[ESPN]

  • In praise of Ryan Donato, an impact player whose progress at Harvard may have been overshadowed a bit by that of David Pastrnak.[ScoutingPost]

  • NHL teams have found ways to keep history alive by keeping their treasured alumni close to their teams in new capacities. Johnny Bucyk is a prime example.[ESPN]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In the business of hockey, viewership has dropped for the Bruins by an eye-opening 20%, even as they maintained their rank as #5 across all NHL teams. Guess which team has surged up by 55%?[TheBostonGlobe]

  • It is not only NHL teams striving for performance consistency, NHL officials are striving for the same thing.[Hockeybuzz]

  • This potpourri from around the league ponders the price for Marchand's scoring streak, why the curious official statement on Steven Stamkos' situation, and wonders who is falling for the Canadiens' coy line on Carey Price.[PuckDaddy]

  • Take a look at the liability inherent in pursuing a "dump and chase" tactic in a power play situation.[NHLSpecialTeams]

  • This hindsight piece on the moves made by all NHL teams over last summer asserts that the Bruins were neither winners nor losers overall in the moves that Don Sweeney made.[NHLNumbers]

  • Rumor Central: Bookmark this handy digest of who is rumored to be going where, or not, around the NHL.[SBNation]

  • Thirty Thoughts includes a reeling Canadiens team facing the press after a loss to the Coyotes, and a calm take on the Evander Kane situation.[Sportsnet]

  • Prepare to be COLD. A local rink in Labrador will remain open despite a lack of heating. BRRRRRRR![CBC]

  • Throw a beer can at an official, have the book thrown at you. A player's brother behaves badly at a QMJHL game.[TheHockeyNews]