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It is a good sign that the depleted Bruins can still manage a strong game against the high-flying Bolts

NHL: Boston Bruins at Tampa Bay Lightning
OUCH! David Backes assesses his damage
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The Bruins shut out the Eastern Conference leading Lightning on Saturday night. Next up? Old friends of Rick Nash will be in town- the Blue Jackets arrive at TD Garden at 7:00 PM tonight on NESN.

  • Psssst... Hey Bolts, the Bruins are within striking distance in the standings. Metro.US
  • Really, would a loss to Tampa Bay have been all that unfathomable? Bonus- Tuukka Rask held the Bolts entirely off the scoreboard for the first time this season. WEEI
  • Coming off the loss to the Panthers (3-0, what a coincidence) made the win all the sweeter. (with video) Boston Globe
  • David Backes was having himself a game until he took a skate blade to the leg. Here’s an update. NESN
  • The good news is that Patrice Bergeron is approaching a return, even as Backes will miss a few games. MassLive
  • Welcome to the NHL, Ryan Donato- we may get to see him in action as soon as tonight. WEEI
  • In a roster jumbled by injuries, where might Donato slot in? Bruins Daily
  • Remember how Charlie McAvoy was a fingers-crossed call-up from Providence due to injuries last season? Donato is being ushered straight to Boston. South Coast Today
  • Not to get too cocky, lets have a look at the possible playoff matches ahead. Bonus- what this upcoming week in the schedule holds for the Bruins. Boston Herald
  • Meanwhile, in Providence Bruins news... Friday’s victory over the Rochester Americans came on the heels of an Austin Czarnik hat trick. Providence Journal Saturday night was not so fortunate, as the PBruins were shut out by the Phantoms. Providence Journal Trent Frederic made his debut on Sunday in a 4-1 win over the Sound Tigers. Providence Journal
  • It was Brad Marchand for the win on Twitter, because nobody is stupid enough to try to out-chirp the master, right? RIGHT? BarDown
  • On the heels of Zdeno Chara’s 41st birthday yesterday, another iconic Bruin is about to blow out a load of birthday candles tomORRow. Bonus- his level-headedness is a testament to his parents. Boston Herald
  • Even years after his playing days ended, Bobby Orr still has an effect on people, as one retired sports editor reminisces. Cape Cod Times
  • Know anyone who gleefully seeks ways to discount even the best of Zdeno Chara’s or Tuukka Rask’s performances? Salty Dale Arnold and Ty Anderson address those who “hate watch” the Bruins on “Zero Pucks Given.” (Audio, 22:34) WEEI
  • 2-2-3. The Predators and Lightning are in the playoffs! The Bruins are hot on the Lightning’s heels by a four point margin, while the Maple Leafs trail by five. NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In the NHL General Managers’ meeting inbox- Video review. TSN
  • The interference debacle can be fixed, but the solution may not be popular. Sportsnet
  • The playoff structure still means that fans will lose the chance to watch one contending team in favor of a Cinderella one. Bonus- carping over the Bruins not retiring Brad Park’s number. NY Post
  • Mr. Mayor, SHHHHHHH! It looks like we now know what the new Seattle NHL team name will be. BarDown