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The Bruins blanked the Buffalo Sabres in New York, 3-0. There was a fight, two empty-net goals, and a couple of key blocked shots preserved the shutout.

NHL: Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres
Anton Khudobin, you gave us a bit of a scare, there.
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The Bruins’ slow start had a happy ending last night with a 3-0 shutout win over the Buffalo Sabres.

  • Four observations from the game include an expanded role for the fourth line. Boston.com
  • It was Anton Khudobin keeping the tired Bruins in the game until their persistence could pay off. Jake DeBrusk, who seems to bounce back well following benching, struck first. Noel Acciari contributed two key shot blocks to preserve the shutout. (With highlight videos including the Kevan Miller fight) Boston Globe
  • Thirty-six saves, two empty netters, one fight. It was a good night. NESN
  • Your NHL Second Star of the Night is The Number One Goaltender of Kazakhstan. (Video, 0:33) NHL
  • Look for the return of One Tough Hombre any time now. Bonus- Adam McQuaid's return won't force a roster move. Boton Herald
  • Peter Cehlarik is skating, and is due for re-evaluation any time now. @MattKalman
  • Look ahead to Bruins vying for the Selke and Calder, but is a Stanley Cup a bridge too far? Just ask the Predators. Bruins Daily
  • Other Boston professional teams have been grabbing the headlines lately, but don't miss out on what's happening with the Bruins- they are transitioning to the future before our eyes. WEEI
  • Cam Neely spoke with Fluto Shinzawa about the factors leading the Bruins to embrace and now lean on younger players. Bonus- link to longer podcast. (Video, 1:16) @MattPep15
  • In the NHL standings, the Bruins have maintained third place in the Atlantic Division. The Maple Leafs have fallen somewhat and face a tough schedule- and the Bruins have games in hand. Yahoo Sport Staying out of wild card territory matters. NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The Underrated- NHLers named the peers they think don't get enough credit, including Patrice Bergeron. Many are quietly effective on otherwise bottom-feeding teams. ESPN
  • Of course it was Wes McCauley for the win, skillfully prolonging the drama surrounding this reviewed goal. (Video, 0:56) YouTube
  • This most Canadian app is responsible for more saves than Tuukka Rask. CBC
  • In an unlikely inaugural season, a bunch of NHLers with something to prove have rallied around Las Vegas and each other, as David Perron explains. Players Tribune
  • One hundred years of the NHL, and Toronto has reason to cheer- one record-breaking spelling error. NO, REALLY! The Beaverton