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Oh, the shame of being shutout by the Canadiens at home!

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins
Have a nice trip- seeya in the fall! (Ryan Donato)
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Congratulations to the World Champion Red Sox! The Bruins prepare to to play the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow night at 7:00PM on NESN.

  • The Bruins were outmuscled and outworked by Claude Julien’s Habs on Saturday night. Boston Herald
  • If you thought Tuukka Rask was the only big problem, well, you may want to note these other nagging issues. Boston Herald
  • Three talking points from the game include appreciation of the Canadiens’ speed and youth. Bruins Daily
  • Sticktaps to Carey Price, who had himself a game, and his troublingly speedy teammates. Some “ole, ole” chants served to remind the Bruins that they were playing their historical rivals, in case they had forgotten. Boston Globe
  • Congratulations are in order for the winning netminder upon hitting a franchise milestone. CBC
  • Claude Julien graciously declined the opportunity to gloat. Yahoo Sports
  • Hey, has anyone seen the Bruins’ secondary scoring lately? Asking for a friend... HockeyBuzz
  • On a brighter note, Matt Grzelcyk has really grown into his role on the power play. Boston Herald
  • Stick with it, Ryan Donato, you’re about due. Please? Bonus- Jeremy Lauzon has been returned to Providence. Patriot Ledger
  • Cheers to Jaroslav Halak, who is making a strong case to continue to hold the fort in goal right now. Anticipating the return of Torey Krug- what assignment adjustments will be made? Boston Globe
  • Speaking of our favorite Slovaks, Zdeno Chara continues to amaze us all. WEEI
  • Meanwhile, in Providence... Cameron Hughes potted a hat trick and the PBruins put up quota in their 6-1 win over the Sound Tigers yesterday. Providence Journal Mark Divver noted the physical play of Tanner Pond and the evolution of Wiley Sherman’s game. Rinkside Rhode Island Saturday did not go as well, as the PBruins fell to the Thunderbirds 4-2 in Springfield. Providence Journal
  • This season’s third episode of Behind the B revisits this season’s mixed bag of early wins and the western road trip. The Bruins host a few Special Olympians, then spend time with their own cute kids. Zdeno Chara goes back to school to help teach some math, and both Jake DeBrusk and Chris Wagner wear the mic during games. (Video, 21:45) Bruins NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Auston Matthews is injured, and will be out for a spell. (Might David Pastrnak surpass him in the race to score the most NHL goals this season?) Toronto Sun
  • Ben Bishop finds goalie fancystats annoying, and you should, too. Emmanuel Perry of Corsica Hockey defends even imperfect statistical models as useful. ESPN
  • Speaking of numbers, how about a statistical case for pulling a team’s goalie during a power play? Hockey-Graphs
  • Which NHL players have been kryptonite to specific opponents? For the Bruins, you KNOW it is currently a certain Austrian, although it was historically a now-former Bruin. The Hockey News
  • Well, THAT didn’t last long! Mark Borowiecki was punted for misconduct from his very first game back after serving his suspension for concussing Urho Vaakanainen. NBCSports He has a hearing today. Please enjoy the snide comments. @NHLPlayerSafety