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The Bruins are back in action after the All-Star Break.

Jack Edwards loses an hour of his life every time a composite stick breaks.
Jack Edwards loses an hour of his life every time a composite stick breaks.
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Bruins hockey TONIGHT! the Bruins host the Maple Leafs this evening at 7:00PM.

  • Adam McQuaid was on the ice to skate yesterday, and Malcolm Subban has been called up as Jonas Gustavsson is placed on IR. Subban is fine-tuning his skills with Goalie Bob Essensa.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • The Bruins have tanked in the second half of the season before. Here are a few factors that might keep fans soberly crossing their fingers over the next months.[WEEI]

  • Stability in the lineup would be most welcome going forward.[ProvidenceJournal]

  • The New England Hockey Journal is here! This issue is chock full of Torey Krug, news of Denna Laing, the Beanpot, and an extensive John Crouch photo gallery of action at the World Junior Championship and around the NHL.[NewEnglandHockeyJournal]

  • Meanwhile, here's a look at the Bruins' prospects in the past week's action.[ScoutingPost]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Donald Brashear is promoting his affordable hockey sticks to a panel of entrepreneurs on CBC's Dragon's Den. Will his business proposal fly financially? (With video)[CBC]

  • In his tenure with the NHL, the Bettman has certainly been the beneficiary of some dumb luck, but don't discount his skill and talent. He even appears comfortable wearing the black hat.[TheHockeyNews]

  • Just to cap off his eventful weekend, John Scott has been named NHL First Star of the Week.[TSN]

  • And Hollywood has come calling to tell his story! So, whom should they cast as Scott? Or the Bettman?[PuckDaddy]

  • Hey NHL, your late, self-serving embrace of Scott's success is shallow, no one is buying it, and you should be ashamed.[STLToday]

  • Ratings soared for the NHL All-Star Game, which competed with the NFL Pro Bowl and WON![PuckDaddy]

  • By the numbers, a few NHLers merit more ice time- several Bruins are listed.[TSN]

  • Speaking of the Beanpot, it was Boston College over Harvard for the win yesterday, Ryan Donato's breakaway goal was key.[WEEI]

  • Sean McIndoe spells out the top five best and worst stories from the All-Star Weekend, and gives Nashville the big thumbs up as host city.[DownGoesBrown]

  • The requirement that each NHL team play away at each opponent's arena at least once in a season is turning out to be far more onerus than anticipated when it was rolled out for testing. Will the NHL and NHLPA reassess?[NYPost]

  • So you're all set with Mike Millbury, and want him GONE? Sign the petition![Change.Org]

  • Won't some team take another look at Scott Gomez, who is keeping his chin up while playing in the AHL with the Hershey Bears? Adam Oates thinks Gomez can still contribute.[NYTimes]

  • Just after the All-Star weekend, Leo Komarov has completed the "What the (Blank)" questionnaire- his self portrait is charming.[PlayersTribune]