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Blackhawk Down

A number of factors were in the Bruins' favor last night, but we'll take the win

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Zdeno Chara cleans up.
Zdeno Chara cleans up.
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The Bruins faced down the Blackhawks for the win at TD Garden last night.

  • Two points were most welcome, but the icing on the cake was Claude Julien meeting a milestone.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • The Bruins that were blown out of home ice by the Kings bottled up the Blackhawks. The defense helped Tuukka Rask stymie some of the top forwards in the NHL.[WEEI]

  • Kirk Luedeke singled out John-Michael Liles for praise.[ScoutingPost]

  • Some were underwhelmed by the Bruins' moves at trade deadline. Pierre McGuire was more positive.[WEEI]

  • Lee Stempniak is making a great fit on the Patrice Bergeron line, and having Brett Connolly with Noel Acciari and Landon Ferraro has improved the fourth line.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Stempniak and Liles moved from teams in the playoff hunt, and are glad to find themselves with another team that can contend.[PatriotLedger]

  • Acknowledging that it was the second work night in a row for the Hawks and their backup goalie in net, the Bruins will take the win.[Hockeybuzz]

  • Besides, the Bruins are on a downward slide. You heard it here first.[PuckDaddy]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Read The tale of the long, lost, long-haired Wayne Gretzky hockey card...[TheGlobeAndMail] ...just in time to help promote Gretzky's new book on hockey history![TheGlobeAndMail]

  • Life after hockey has not been good for Mike Peluso and Dan Lacouture, who spoke about the physical and mental disabilities that they continue to suffer long after their careers ended.[TSN]

  • After good-naturedly noting that there was little room for older players on Team Canada, Roberto Luongo will be pleased at TSN's effort in assembling a roster composed of players aged 35+ years.[BarDown]

  • Jaromir Jagr does not seem to be hampered by the same rules as mere mortal hockey players.[WallStreetJournal]