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Fresh Links: Hurts So Good

The greatest rivalry in sports is the gift that keeps giving

Boston Bruins v Montreal Canadiens
Complaining ain’t gonna change a thing (Brad Marchand)
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The Bruins will face the Maple Leafs tonight in Toronto at 7:00PM on NESN.

  • One key to tonight’s game may be power play- the Bruins’ is #3 in the NHL, while the Leafs’ has recently gone 0 for 10. Canoe
  • As for Saturday night, sometimes beating the Canadiens hurts so good. Boston Globe
  • The Habs’ Charles Hudon set a franchise record for hits in a single game in the loss. @GLefrancoisLP
  • Three bullet points from the win include the observation that the Bruins are winning low-scoring games in front of two solid netminders. Boston.com
  • Can we get a little love for Tuukka Rask, here- he isn’t supposed to be able to beat the Canadiens, remember? 98.5 The Sports Hub
  • There’s nothing like an Original Six rivalry to spark stellar performances, and David Backes brought his “A” game to Montreal. HockeyBuzz
  • Having grown up nearby in Val d’Or, Jeremy Lauzon, finally got his taste of the historical Montreal v. Boston rivalvy. Bonus- John Moore plays both sides with aplomb. Boston Herald
  • Moore was not the only player happy to get the monkey off his Backes. Bonus- David Pastrnak let Andrew Shaw get under his skin, and it cost his team. WEEI
  • Jake DeBrusk found a way to hit the Habs where it hurt- on the scoreboard. Boston Herald
  • Despite all the carnage in the roster, the Bruin have managed to keep pace in a highly contested divisional race. What is keeping them in the hunt? (With video) NHL
  • Got NHL standings? Boston is at seventh overall in the league NHL, fourth in the Eastern Conference NHL, and fourth in the competitive Atlantic Division. NHL The top wild card spot doesn’t seem so bad right now. NHL
  • Hooray! The AHL Bruins swept their weekend Pennsylvania road trip. Rinkside Rhode Island
  • Grainy... check! Screencap... check! Might this be the ticket for the 2019 Winter Classic? Reddit

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Not tonight, dear- but the William Nylander negotiations are reaching a tipping point, and he will likely be returning to the Maple Leafs very soon. Sportsnet
  • Poor coach Bill Peters took a puck to the face during the Flames 6-1 blowout of the Coyotes. Here is his self-deprecating update. (With video) BarDown
  • Flyers GM Ron Hextall may have gotten the hook, Sportsnet but the Flyers’ mascot showed up at a wedding this weekend to dance with a bride, which is nice. WTRF
  • Anyone in the game thread on Saturday was tipped off about this story of Paul Stewart and his connection to “a nice Jewish kid from Dorchester.” Live long and prosper. (Link to audio) Only A Game