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NHL: Boston Bruins at New York Rangers
Tuukka Rask on one of his walkabouts
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And now the fun begins, with this weekend’s home and home against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

  • Tuukka Rask manned up on responsibility for the first goal. Drawing penalties was not the Bruins' problem- converting them to goals was. Boston Globe
  • Spotting opponents a lead (including TWO goals in 29 seconds from Jimmy Vesey) in combination with a flaccid power play is not working well for the Bruins. MassLive
  • Yes, the loss of a significant number of key players from the roster is not helping, however sauntering out of the gate is not an option. Boston Herald
  • At least Charlie McAvoy could take some pleasure in playing in his hometown rink in front of friends and family. Boston Globe
  • The ominous news? The opponents on the schedule only get tougher from here. WEEI
  • Fortunately for the Bruins, but not so much for the Leafs, Auston Matthews may be out for this weekend. @ReporterChris
  • Cheer up with a look at the evolution of Brad Marchand from his junior days through the Merlot Line and then to flanking Patrice Bergeron and Mark Recchi and beyond. His coaches saw greatness in him, and yes, he did cross a lot of lines. The Hockey Writers
  • Fun takeaway of the game- Tell us what you REALLY think of NBCSN's Mike Milbury, Sky... Stanley Cup of Chowder

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In his note of thanks for all the well wishes he has received, former Bruin Daniel Paille pulled no punches, unlike Thomas Larkin, the jerk that clocked him. Brynas This is the video on the discipline for that hit, which includes a penalty for Larkin’s Adler Mannheim head coach Sean Simpson to boot. Champions Hockey League
  • You may be surprised at which NHL teams average the most and the fewest fights. The Score
  • Ka-CHING! The NHL has opened a Canadian based e-commerce site. Their partner in this enterprise has just entered into a similar deal with MLS. The Globe and Mail
  • Good times for old friends Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne, who clowned around in preparation for their Hockey Hall of Fame induction. True Confessions- Kariya’s confirmation that players' published height and weight can be pretty optimistic. (Video, 1:46) Sportsnet
  • WANT! This Star Wars-slash-Coyotes mashup bobblehead of Paul Bissonnette is one for the ages. BarDown
  • Here's a primer on Hockey Analytics (pronounced FAN-cee-stats) broken into three levels of mastery for those just beginning, middling, and expert. Study hard, and amaze your friends on our game threads! BSN Denver
  • In a cost-saving move, the Blackhawks will no longer order custom sweaters for their upcoming, umpteenth Winter Classic. NO, REALLY! The Elbow