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San Jose Sharks v Boston Bruins
Bruce Cassidy will not be fooled, nosiree!
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After dispatching the Coyotes 4-1, the Bruins next look ahead to Thursday and the Rangers.

  • The Bruins pushed out to lead in the second period and got a chance to play against both Coyote netminders- they took command of the game, and the final period seemed almost tranquil. WEEI
  • Colin Miller had a big night after being a healthy scratch, notable for more than simply scoring the first goal. Riley Nash notched a shorthanded goal, David Backes scored, and Brad Marchand slid a wraparound goal past Mike Smith. The Bruins played with a swagger that we haven’t seen recently. Boston Globe
  • Consensus seems to be that Miller’s hit on Alex Burmistrov was not dirty. WEEI This selfie was sent from the hospital to reassure fans. BarDown
  • In fact, Burmistrov is already traveling to rejoin his team. Bruce Cassidy is making a good case for keeping his coaching position- his team is in a good place, mentally. Which Bruin is best poised to coach his national team? South Coast Today
  • Ryan Spooner does not take his recent renaissance for granted. After injuries forced the Bruins to shuffle him all around the roster, he has finally settled into the third line center role. He is still working on those defensive hiccups. Boston Globe
  • Don Sweeney is not only patient with players, but with his roster as a whole. Don’t bet the farm on the Bruins making a move, limited quality choices and sky-high asks in return make a move at deadline less likely. Boston Herald
  • Meanwhile, in Providence, here’s the dish on the PBruins week that was. Providence Bruins

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Trade Deadline news: Keep up-to-the-minute with this NHL deadline trade tracker. SBNation Then sift the good from the bad with this light-hearted trade report card. SBNation Or you can judge trade quality on the Milbury Scale. Puck Daddy In any event DO NOT be sucked in by internet trolls- here’s a primer on sifting the real from the surreal on trade deadline day. (Video, 3:05) Puck Daddy
  • Justified or not, which players are the least popular within their very own fanbases? GNGHockey
  • Is drafting really a “crapshoot?” A scout can arrive at answers to hard questions by indirect means- sometimes the bright, shiny prospect can mask deficiencies in character and drive behind his skill set, as Kirk Luedeke explains. Scouting Post
  • Forget NHL players- the biggest acquisition at deadline is TSN snapping up the newly available Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole! @TSN_Sports