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Nice win... but at what cost?

NHL: Boston Bruins at St. Louis Blues
David Backes and the Bruins congratulate Tuukaa Rask postgame
Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Five goals were needed to seal the deal against the Blues. Next up? The Predators at 8:00PM tomorrow on NESN.

  • This game was the kind of effort the Bruins have been seeking recently. David Backes responded to perceived liberties taken by his former teammates by scrapping in defense of David Krejci. The Boston Globe
  • The Bruins rallied around the former Blues captain for the win. Bruins Daily Backes actually spent more time in the box than on ice... @_TimRosenthal
  • Adam McQuaid was felled by a collision, and was slow to get up. The remainder of the defensive corps picked up the slack. WEEI
  • But it was 4-0... finally 5-3. The Bruins marched behind their top lines and top defensemen with a determined effort that finally paid off on the scoresheet. WEEI
  • Bonus- two of those were power play goals! Imagine that! (With video) NESN
  • And two were scored by NHL All-Star Brad Marchand. (With video) CBS Boston
  • Claude Julien praised his team’s performance- there seems to be an interesting coincidence between mounting calls for his head and increased effort from his team. CBS Boston
  • Have a laugh with this salty recap of the game. Serious looking injuries to Bruins defensemen are especially concerning as the list of available PBruin defensemen is shortened by injury as well. Days of Y’Orr
  • A lunch attended by three generations of storied former Bruins turned into one special memory for sports editor Bill Burt. Eagle Tribune
  • Take a moment to review the best jerseys that Milt Schmidt wore during his long career. Hockey By Design

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • As the predictions lists emerge ahead of the NHL Awards, how about a Bruin for the Selke? Just not the Bruin you’re thinking of... The Score
  • A Maple Grove, MN resident has the BEST. BACKYARD. RINK. EVER. (With video) Bar Down
  • For all of you hoping to see Pavel Datsyuk at the NHL All-Star Game, he will be there, just not on the ice. Sportsnet
  • You can see the All-Star Game jerseys here. (With video) NHL
  • The NHL has tapped hockey fan Jon Hamm to host their NHL100 television anniversary special. Entertainment Weekly
  • Thirty Thoughts notes that the Bruins nixed a possible trade with the Avalanche when their ask was for Brandon Carlo. Likewise when the Jets asked for Carlo in exchange for Jacob Trouba. Bonus- Interesting speculation about Guy Boucher’s silence on having benched Bobby Ryan. Sportsnet