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The Bruins torpedoed the Islanders right out of their Wild Card spot in the standings

Boston Bruins v New York Islanders
Leapin’ Sean Kurlay celebrates Tim Shaller’s goal along with with Noel Acciari.
Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images

The Bruins rolled four lines to torpedo the Islanders 5-1 last evening in Brooklyn.

  • Remember how nervous we all were at the Bruins' injury-riddled, slow start to the season? It looks like the Bruins have righted the ship. MassLive
  • Bruce Cassidy lauded the Bruins fourth line, whose furious forecheck paid off in spades. Brandon Carlo received a pep talk after his blooper ended up behind Tuukka Rask. (With video) NESN
  • No worries, Carlo! The Patrice Bergeron line got busy immediately following the incident and produced. WEEI
  • In fact, that unfortunate goal was the first scored against the Bergeron line at even strength thus far this season (that’s 21 games, if you're counting.) BarDown
  • Game highlights HERE! (Video, 4:32 ) Bruins NHL
  • Congratulations to Brad Marchand, who reached a career milestone last night. Boston.com
  • Three key notes from the game include the observation that even in his goal drought, David Pastrnak is an active contributor. Boston.com
  • One young Bruin was playing before his hometown crowd last night, and the buzz surrounding Charlie McAvoy and the Calder Trophy is heating up. Newsday
  • A nine-point streak continued for the Bruins, and as healthy Bruins return to the lineup, the team's depth stymied the Islanders. Bruins Daily
  • Contributions came from up and down the roster in the win. Boston Herald
  • Don't look now, but the Bruins are performing like contenders. This power ranking explains their rise in detail. Puck Daddy Ryan Lambert's ranking is similar, but not quite as optimistic. Puck Daddy
  • Catch up with the Bruins prospects' progress at the World Junior Championship. Bruins NHL
  • Currently, the Bruins are protecting second place in the Atlantic Division- in their push to the playoffs, they hold an 11 point cushion at the 38 game point this season. NHL Just look at the improvement in the charts! Corsica

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Enjoy this reel of December's NHL bloopers, including plenty of Bruins, Jon Cooper's potty mouth, and one classic Wes McCauley call. (Video, 6:09) Sportsnet
  • NBC's NHL Rivalry Night has been sinking slowly in the ratings. Sports Media Watch
  • The NHL's list of the Top 25 Uniforms of All Time included only six currently in use. Yup, the Spoked B made the cut. BarDown
  • This Kazakh ritual performed at a KHL Barys Astana practice may or may not turn around a team's season, but it definitely turned the stomachs of some players. (*Disturbing description, but no photos*) Puck Daddy