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Fresh Links: Head Of The Class

A mere five points stands between the Bruins and their closest Divisional and Conference rivals as well as first place in the NHL overall

NHL: FEB 03 Maple Leafs at Bruins
The Bruins are near the head of the class in the NHL standings.
Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

But it was 4-1! Now the Bruins return to action tomorrow in Detroit at 7:30 PM as they face the Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on NESN.

  • The real news of late may not be that the Bruins are winning, but how- by committee. Bonus- photo gallery. Boston Herald
  • Four talking points from Saturday’s win include another career milestone for Zdeno Chara.
  • After 20 years in the NHL, Chara has logged just 77 fewer games than all his current defense teammates combined. Wow. Bruins Daily
  • Three more observations include a strong game from Adam McQuaid. Rinkside Rhode Island
  • One point streak is still going strong- Tuukka Rask’s. The Score
  • Now you see him, now you don’t- the Bruins neutralized Auston Matthews and snuffed out the Maple Leafs in the neutral zone. Austin Czarnik was solid in his callup, but has since been returned to the PBruins. WEEI
  • In case you missed the 4-1 victory over the Maple Leafs, have a look at the game highlights (Video, 3:41) Bruins NHL or the entire condensed game. (Video, 8:10) Bruins NHL
  • Which is more fun- finding success on David Krejci’s line with Ryan Spooner or hearing your dad reminiscing with your captain about their long-ago fight? Just ask Jake DeBrusk. Boston Globe
  • Charlie McAvoy returned to the lineup almost without hiccup. Almost. There have been a bunch of those self-deflected goals recently.
  • Rask made a point of skating over to reassure McAvoy, and the Bruins never looked back. Ultimately, it was the Leafs’ only goal. CBC
  • It may be hard to believe that at 6’7” Wiley Sherman could be overshadowed, but his more familiar Harvard teammate Ryan Donato and his coach Ted Donato laud the stay-at-home defenseman’s improvement in key skills. Boston Herald
  • Donato is featured as a hockey player to watch at the Winter Olympic Games. Fansided
  • Meanwhile, here are the details from the weekend that was for the Providence Bruins- a mixed bag. Rinkside Rhode Island
  • Five is the magic number. The Bruins hold four games in hand and now a five point lead over the Maple Leafs, and trail the first place Tampa Bay Lightning by only five points in the Atlantic Division, Eastern Conference, and the NHL, where the Bruins bide their time in fourth place overall behind the Jets, Golden Knights, and Lightning. NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Goalie interference calls are in the news AGAIN. A disagreement over this one involving Petr Mrazek got his coach tossed. SBNation
  • Players don’t really understand those calls anyway, so maybe goalies should just start embellishing? The Star
  • Young hockey players are selling their best years to the NHL for relatively low return, basically supplementing older veterans by signing cheap entry-level contracts. Any chance this will this change with the next CBA? Fanrag
  • At the All-Star game, Wes McAuley knew that Brad Marchand could have helped him get a loud cheer- here’s how. (Video, 0.22) Streamable, via Reddit