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Charlie McAvoy earns a Gordie Howe Hat Trick as the kids come out shooting AND scoring against the Blue Jackets

Columbus Blue Jackets v Boston Bruins
Noel Acciari stifles an opponent

And the Bruins are right back at it tonight in Buffalo against the Sabres at 7:30 PM on both NESN and NBCSN.

  • The Sabres have high hopes in light of the play of their goaltender Robin Lehner against a Bruins team coming into town tired after a big night at TD Garden. Fox Sports
  • Last night’s 7-2 win over the Blue Jackets was what Jack Edwards called the “festival of red lights.” Just see for yourself! (Video, 8:49) NHL Then have a quick look at the scoring/fighting tallied here. @NHLBruins
  • Charlie McAvoy did his own laundry in a scrap against Pierre-Luc Dubois , Anders Bjork bounced back from his healthy scratch to help cover David Krejci’s absence, and Jake DeBrusk and Danton Heinen both dished assists AND scored. Boston Globe
  • Bjork made the most of his opportunity, looking more like himself than he had following his recovery from the Matt Martin hit, and the Bruins re-strategized their zone entries following the loss to the Rangers. Boston Globe
  • Give Bruce Cassidy credit for coaching this performance from the youngsters, and thank the steady production from the Brad Marchand / Patrice Bergeron / David Pastrnak line. WEEI
  • Here’s the dish on where McAvoy learned to fight. Tim Schaller was on the receiving end of what the NHL wants gone from the game, even as he and linemates Noel Acciari and Sean Kuraly were bringing it last night. Bonus- period by period notes. South Coast Today
  • With what we saw last night, do the Bruins look like they are contenders for a deep post-season run? Much depends on one key player. ESPN
  • Meanwhile, in Providence, Matt Beleskey is working toward a return to Boston even as he sets an example for his PBruin teammates. Rinkside Rhode Island
  • Here are your bullet pointed high- and low-lights from the PBruins’ weekend on the road, including high praise for the Austin Czarnik / Kenny Agostino / Jordan Szwarz line from the Hershey coach. Rinkside Rhode Island
  • The Bruins still protect their third place in the Atlantic Division, NHL, even as nearest divisional rivals the Canadiens announce that they will be without Shea Weber for a spell. Canadiens NHL Take a deeper look at the supporting numbers and projections here. Corsica

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Looking to break into show business? A film crew is looking for various actors and extras who can skate, play hockey, and who are available in January. @OnlyInBOS
  • Maybe they could get the UVM women’s hockey team, who demonstrate their talents in this Jingle Bell Rock treatment. GO, CATS, GO! (With video) BarDown
  • Here’s a friendly reminder of the details of the NHL Holiday Roster Freeze. @CapFriendly
  • One of the three big lessons from around the NHL is that Marchand was much missed while out injured in November and has returned with a roar. Also, sometimes exes extract revenge on the scoresheet. Sportsnet
  • From a Russian embedded at Raw Charge, here is a frank, measured take on Russia’s relationships with sports, politics, and the Olympics. Raw Charge
  • For a lad from the plains of Saskatchewan, the Big Apple can be a big adjustment, as Jordan Eberle has discovered. New York Times