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The Bruins defend their hot streak against Dallas in this afternoon’s matinee

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Flashback- Bruins star Adam Oates in action
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The Stars come out early at TD Garden this afternoon at 1:00 PM on NESN. OH, THE HUGE MATINEE!

  • When we left off, some fans were toggling between the Patriots game and the Bruins v. Canadiens on Saturday. Conveniently, all the best Bruins action happened in the halftime of the football game. Maybe this Bruins team deserves better than your intermittent attention, Boston! WEEI
  • The new, young Bruins got their first taste of the greatest rivalry in sports, and the team extended their point lead over a divisional rival. Boston Globe
  • No one was happy to see one of the Canadiens felled by a Zdeno Chara puck to the head, as Philip Danault was on Saturday night. MassLive Thankfully, Danault is now resting at home. Puck Daddy
  • Jake DeBrusk was as cool as a cucumber against the Canadiens, and the rookie beat Carey Price not once, but TWICE. Patriot Ledger
  • Charlie McAvoy wants his team to not simply maintain recent success, but build on it. Bonus- expect to see Anton Khudobin in net today. Boston Herald
  • If he can keep up the pace, McAvoy will be on track for a Calder Trophy. Look at his case over those of Mathew Barzal and Brock Boeser. ESPN
  • Meanwhile, Rob O’Gara bides his time in Providence as part of the bounty of young talent waiting in the wings. Will his future be as a Bruin, or will a talented defenseman who can play both sides be better dangled in front of, say, the Islanders? Boston Herald
  • The highlights and low-lights of this weekend’s Providence Bruins action include the team falling in the standings after harvesting only one point of six available this weekend. Rinkside Rhode Island Sunday’s loss included Jordan Binnington being pulled in favor of Zane McIntyre. Providence Journal
  • The Bruins gained ground against the Maple Leafs in the standings, as the latter are out on their bye week and the former won one of their games in hand. NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Long held traditions in defensive zone exits are now evolving around the NHL. Bonus- suggestions to spice up the All-Star game events. Boston Globe
  • Former Bruin Kevin Stevens comes clean in “Shattered” as his friends and family rally around him and his battle with addiction. (Video, 22:51) Sportsnet
  • Alex Ovechkin was notably the face of the Sochi games, but the Russian machine that never breaks motors along without either Olympic medal or Stanley Cup. Katie Baker notes that after 13 years with the Capitals, politics and age have encroached upon his game. The Ringer