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Even as the Bruins scoring heats up, wins remain elusive

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NHL: Boston Bruins at Carolina Hurricanes
Everybody loves Patrice Bergeron
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There were plenty of Bruins fans in attendance, but on the second night of a back-to-back, their team only took one point out of Carolina. On to St. Louis!

  • Zane McIntyre saved 26, two of them on breakaway attempts, to forestall defeat until overtime. And surprise, surprise- it looks like Ryan Spooner is back in the doghouse...The Boston Globe ...and I read it here, too... Hockeybuzz
  • Don’t forget, the Bruins rallied back twice from one-goal deficits, and hey, wasn’t the fourth line of Riley Nash, Dominic Moore, and Tim Schaller fun? Mass Live
  • McIntyre hasn’t won a game yet, but no, he is NOT a loser. WEEI
  • Some aspects of the game left us scratching our heads, others left us cheering. Review these bullet points from the game. Bruins Daily
  • Yep, that was the oft-maligned Kevan Miller you saw taking Brandon Carlo’s slot alongside Zdeno Chara on several shifts. Miller, playing his off side, is slotted in to give the rookie some breathing room. Trust foodie Fluto Shinzawa to note the most distressing effect of the state of emergency that left the arena a bit understaffed... The Boston Globe
  • The Bruins are #2, but that’s a GOOD THING- they trail only Montreal in the Atlantic Division standings. Show a little “tendy love” to the rookie, wontcha? Days Of Y’Orr
  • Don’t be so quick to call for Claude Julien’s head. He has made the appropriate changes to accommodate roster realities, and any new coach would face the same root problems. WEEI
  • Give up already! Brandon Carlo is NOT ON THE TABLE. Period. The Score An embarrassment of riches in the young defenseman category could, however, be the Bruins’ ticket out of some roster troubles. Boston Herald
  • Kirk Luedeke’s prospect update is up, and includes his observations from the WJC. (With video) Scouting Post
  • At least there was good news form Providence, where Anton Khudobin pitched a shutout against the Wolf Pack on Sunday, the PBruins’ first of the season. (With video) ABC6 It was a mixed bag earlier in the weekend, The Thunderbirds beat the PBruins on Friday night... Providence Journal ... but the PBruins got their revenge with a win Saturday night in Springfield. Special guest Rene Rancourt sang the anthem. (With video) Mass Live

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Love ‘em or hate ‘em, here are 7 options to improve the NHL, including forcing goalies to use skaters’ smaller sticks. The Boston Globe
  • There were Bruins paw prints all over Boston University’s win over UMass Amherst on Sunday at Frozen Fenway, as Charlie Mc Avoy and Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson both scored. Boston Hockey Blog The Boston College then beat the Providence Friars. Despite the cold at the park, the ice required multiple repairs. Providence Journal
  • Conditions at Fenway were still better than those at the AHL Outdoor Classic in Bakersfield, CA, where driving rain puddled on the playing surface. (With video) Puck Daddy
  • A player nicknamed for Chiclets gum (natch...) is now the oldest living NHL player. He even attended Bruins training camp and played there with the Kraut Line once... The Hockey News
  • Paul Stewart gives it to both the murky Goaltender Interference and Coach’s Challenge rules with both barrels. Would you expect any less? Hockeybuzz
  • Aw, #Pooh! The NHL will shelve third jerseys next season, as part of the transition to Adidas from Reebok. Puck Daddy
  • Give him an “A!” Congratulations to Johnny Boychuk on his 500th NHL game played. Eyes On Isles
  • Goalie masks changed the face of hockey. The first was apparently a fencing mask pressed into service by a Queen’s University goalie, because her father insisted she wear one. The Globe And Mail
  • Speaking of protective gear, a neck guard may have saved this young player’s life. CBC