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With injuries and suspension to the usual suspects, Bruins both new and old rallied behind one unlikely leader.

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins
Well done, Brian Gionta!
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The Bruins dismissed the Flyers 3-2 last night and will return to action tomorrow at 1:00 PM in a matinee game against the Blackhawks at TD Garden on NESN.

  • No overtime for you! Brad Marchand apparently wanted to get to bed early for a change, scoring the game winning goal with under a half a minute left in regulation. Does anyone still believe he rides on Patrice Bergeron’s coattails? Bonus- Tuukka Rask was solid when things got tight. WEEI
  • Unexpected absences, unanticipated contributions. Here’s to the New Guys- now Tommy Wingels has assisted on Brian Gionta’s first goal as a Bruin against the Flyers. (With video) Boston Herald
  • Random notes- Charlie McAvoy is at least able to do some training this time as he recovers from his MCL sprain, and David Backes vows not to change his historically squeaky-clean game despite his suspension. Noel Acciari was slotted back into the lineup. Worcester Telegram and Gazette
  • Have you been paying attention to the Bruins’ trajectory lately? When kicked in the teeth by fate, this team scrabbles together its own luck. The Hockey Writers
  • Marchand is rising to the occasion of wearing the “A” in the absences of Bergeron and now Backes. (With video) MassLive
  • A combination of supporting players rallied around the commanding Marchand in the win. Some were New Guys, several were reactivated from ninth floor duty. Boston Globe
  • Adam McQuaid returned to action last night- Bruce Cassidy slotted him in against the Flyers over Nick Holden in a move to counter Philadelphia’s physicality. Providence Journal
  • Your NHL Second Star of the night? The Little Ball of Hate! (Video, 0:16) NHL
  • Taping Twigs with Savvy- this episode features William Nylander and Mitch Marner styles. (Video,11:42) YouTube
  • 2-2-3. Boston is seven points above Toronto and six below Tampa Bay. NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Hello, Darling! The Blackhawks fell last night 3-2 to their former netminder Scott Darling and the Hurricanes. We’ll see how the Hawks are doing in Boston tomorrow. Chicago Tribune
  • Ponder Thirty-one Thoughts and make it last- Elliotte Friedman is taking a pause from thinking next week. Sportsnet