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Yet another Bruins defenseman was felled by an errant puck.

NHL: Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs
David Pastrnak potted a pair and leads the NHL in scoring again.
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Stop me if you’ve heard this before- the Bruins lost not only the game to the Maple Leafs 4-2, but Kevan Miller to injury as well.

  • Miller remained in a Toronto hospital overnight. Hey, let’s count the missing defensemen! CBS Boston
  • Puck luck was not with the Bruins overall- aside from the Miller injury, Jake DeBrusk stopped a Danton Heinen shot with the back of his head, and posts were peppered by shots that ricocheted away instead of in. Jaroslav Halak and the Bruins deserved a better outcome. HockeyBuzz
  • Noted nice guy Patrick Marleau hit a career milestone in his team’s win. The Hockey Writers
  • Three bullet points from the loss include a hearty hip-hip-hooray for the power play.
  • The defensemen were not the only Bruins in flux after losing yet another member, Bruce Cassidy was tweaking his forward lines once more. WEEI
  • David Krejci has found consistency with Danton Heinen and Jake DeBrusk. Boston Herald
  • David Pastrnak rejoined the head of the NHL scoring class. @PR_NHL despite being in opponents’ sights with the target on his back. Boston Herald
  • Pastrnak spoke about his own happiness to be playing in Boston while still standing by his bosom chum William Nylander in comments postgame. BarDown
  • Boston is ninth overall in the league NHL, sixth in the Eastern Conference NHL, and remains fourth in the competitive Atlantic Division. NHL But hey, they’ve held onto the top wild card spot, which is nice. NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • A very senior Massachusetts beer-league goalie sees no reason to hang up his pads. (With video) WMUR
  • A number of NHL teams are without captains right now, and it appears to be a trend. Washington Post
  • In other noted trends, it is farewell to fisticuffs, according to Travis Yost. TSN
  • Blocking shots is an art, and good technique can help players avoid injury. Star Tribune
  • Long-suffering Buffalo has a lot to cheer for in the Sabres’ surprising surge this season. Sports Illustrated
  • Enjoy this footage of Luleå HF taking to the ice outdoors for practice. BarDown
  • This team-by-team assessment of where everyone stands at the quarter pole offers a bold prediction for each. Many of those whispers are about goalies. Hey, remember when everyone crabbed about trading away Martin Jones? Is it farewell, Darling? Is a Bolt the next Selke Trophy winner? Bonus- thoughful links direct to the team you’re interested in. ESPN