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Henrik Lundqvist’s 35th birthday is a special one

NHL: New York Rangers at Boston Bruins
David Backes in back behind the net
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday evening the Bruins have a date with the Devils at TD Garden, 7:00PM on NESN.

  • The line shakeups you observed later in the game last night generated the lone Bruins goal, and foreshadowed more changes to come. Expect to see Drew Stafford soon. Speaking of expecting, so is Mrs. Stafford. Boston Globe
  • Right out of the gate, the Bruins were humming and Henrik Lundqvist put in a sparkling performance. Some might say it evolved into an Oscar worthy one, which killed the Bruins’ momentum. Boston Globe
  • The Rangers’ goalie got a special birthday gift from referee Tim Peel. WEEI
  • Another dramatic moment had Patrice Bergeron headed down the tunnel in the second period. WEEI
  • All in all, it was a very costly loss of a winnable game, with divisional opponents gaining ground on a precious playoff spot. Patriot Ledger

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Lundqvist’s thespian ambitions aside, give the officials a break. Take a deep breath. Think clearly, not hastily, as Paul Stewart advises. Hockeybuzz
  • Debrief with Thirty Thoughts now that trade deadline has passed. Former Bruin Jeremy Smith is mean to his mom, and the Oilers were trying to move Andrew Ference‘s contract. Apparently the Bruins were pretty close to getting Radim Vrbata, and were interested in Dmitry Kulikov. Matt Beleskey may have been in play. Sportsnet
  • Now that he’s no longer a Hab, we’re free to love Malcolm’s brother P.K. Subban openly, just as Montreal still does. Case in point- Carey Price had a special greeting planned. Imgur, via Reddit The video montage celebrating his return to the Centre Bell features LOTS of special Bruins moments. (With video) Sporting News
  • Speaking of redemption, imagine former Bruin Chris Kelly welcoming Alexandre Burrows to the neighboring stall in Ottawa ‘s dressing room. Ottawa Citizen
  • Hear from a player trying to put a brave face on being traded from L.A. to Winnipeg at deadline. He’s thrilled. NO, REALLY! (Video, 1:51) The Beaverton
  • He’s not the only one excited for a new NHL opportunity- the mumps are eager to join a new team. NO, REALLY! Elbow News
  • The NHL truly understands what fans want- the chance to watch their beloved sport waaaay close up- maybe too close up? NO, REALLY! The Onion