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NHL: Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals
Brad Marchand takes his shot
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

The Bruins head home to lick their wounds. They’re back in action at TD Garden against the Maple Leafs on Saturday at 7:00PM on NESN.

  • Even worse, the biggest loss was not on the scoreboard. Patrice Bergeron was injured, and Tuukka Rask tweaked an old injury. Brad Marchand was humming and scored two goals. Boston Globe
  • Marchand is your NHL Second Star for the month of January, by the way. Fox Sports
  • Larger circumstances have the team on pace to burn out their star (only?) netminder. One specific incident seemed to mark a turning point for his season. WEEI
  • The jinx of the exes continues, as former Bruin Brett Connolly notched a tally against his former teammates. This seems to happen a lot. WEEI
  • With an expansion draft approaching, look at where the Bruins sit as far as protecting and exposing current assets. Should they make a strategic trade? Fox Sports

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • There are several former Bruins (and one present Bruin) on this list of players from the 1990’s who remain active in the NHL. Good Night, Good Hockey
  • Thirty Thoughts leads with a plea to Brad Marchand- cut it out! You’re making the NHL look bad! Sportsnet
  • One opinion regarding what is ailing the Blues is intriguing- and points more to management than coaching. The Globe and Mail