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The Bruins hope to spark a win after an embarrasing loss in Vancouver

Calgary Flames v Boston Bruins
Brad Marchand gets scrappy
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This afternoon at 4:00 PM ET the Flames host the Bruins on NESN.

  • In case you missed it, the Canucks thumped the Bruins 6-1 on Saturday night. But for the play of Jake DeBrusk and the Sean Kuraly/Noel Acciari/Tim Schaller line, it was, well, dismal. WEEI
  • The disaster was complete with a goal deflected in past Tuukka Rask from a Bruin skate. David Backes asserted that the Bruins goalies were not given much help. CBC
  • Your four postscripts from the game include goals from a noted Bruins killer as well as from a former Bruin, natch.
  • At least the Bruins have proven they can put that kind of loss in the rear-view mirror. Brighter points include DeBrusk’s dad, Louie, working with the TSN crew calling the game for Hockey Night in Canada. Danton Heinen had been in that arena before, on one important, riotous night in Bruins history. NESN
  • Is Anton Khudobin really channeling Tim Thomas now? Just ask Loui Eriksson! (Video) Via Reddit, GFYCat
  • Brad Marchand knows he has not played up to his own standards recently. Boston Globe
  • The DeBrusks sat with Scott Oake postagame for an interview. Did you know Jake was consistently the smallest kid on his team up until he played Midget? Bonus- plenty of embarassing family pictures! (Video, 10:59) YouTube
  • Didn’t the Bruins just play the Flames? The Bruins will strive to right their defensive ship, and expect Rask to get the nod in net today. Fox Sports
  • Bruce Cassidy’s tweaks to the defense have driven recent success for the Bruins. Well, that and the emergence of Charlie McAvoy. Sportsnet
  • Whether or not Brandon Carlo is moved as part of a deal for the Bruins march toward the Stanley Cup depends upon one thing. Boston Globe
  • Meanwhile, the Providence Bruins squeaked past Bridgeport on an Austin Czarnik sootout tally on Friday night Providence Journal and then beat the Thunderbirds on Saturday evening MassLive only to lose to them on Sunday afternoon. Providence Journal
  • Don Cherry was in town last week for the reunion of his 1977-78 Bruins team, and paused to join Andy Brickley for a long conversation. (Link to audio, in three parts) NESN
  • The Bruins alumni from 1977-78 are very impressed with Patrice Bergeron, and not simply for his outstanding play. NHL
  • Rene Rancourt is quite the raconteur- he has always been a bit of a ham, and tells about the one time his wife subbed in for him. Boston Globe
  • 2-2-4. Thanks to losses by the Lightning and Maple Leafs, the Bruins are stable in the division and conference standings, but the Golden Knights are now #1 in the NHL. NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The lack of NHL players in Pyeongchang has meant increases in two key areas for the participating hockey teams. NBCSports
  • The unsung heroes of the Olympic Games? The (mostly North American) Zamboni operators! New York Times
  • The new NHL business model for rosters looks like a youthquake. $ee if you can tell why that i$. Ottawa Sun