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The Bruins goofed off a bit at the Capitals’ practice facility yesterday

Boston Bruins Practice
Jake DeBrusk and Matt Grzelcyk horse around
Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The Capitals host the brawling Bruins tonight at 7:00PM on NBCSN.

  • Lighten up, Francis! The Bruins pigpiled, play-fought, and Tuukka Rask splintered a stick in an exorcism of frustration at the Capitals’ practice facility yesterday. Bonus- tonight is a chance for David Pastrnak to put more distance between himself and Alex Ovechkin in the “Rocket” Richard Trophy race. Bruins NHL
  • Three things would serve Boston well tonight against Washington. Causeway Crowd
  • Something seems to have gone missing for Boston. The Fourth Period
  • Celebrate a decade of clutch goals- revisit the most pivotal here. (With video) CLNS Media
  • The Team Canada WJC roster demonstrates a specific Bruins focus in drafting young talent. Causeway Crowd
  • The ECHL Atlanta Gladiators traded goalie Martin Ouellette away, and now Kyle Keyser has arrived from Providence to backstop the team. Atlanta Gladiators
  • 88 is great- Bruins fans were ranked among the “hottest fandoms”, according to FanSided. Causeway Crowd
  • Jamie Langenbrunner’s attendance at two recent Kings games continues to kindle rumors of Boston’s interest in Tyler Toffoli. My NHL Trade Rumors

NHL Standings:

  • The Bruins rule the Atlantic Division NHL, still trail the Capitals in both the Eastern Conference NHL as well as the NHL overall. (Standings have been pretty sticky, but links are NOT STATIC) NHL
  • David Pastrnak remains the NHL’s top goal scorer- he and Brad Marchand are still among the Offensive Leaders, the latter in every category. David Krejci rejoins Marchand and Zdeno Chara in the Plus/Minus Leaders. On the netminding side, Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak remain solidly among the leaders within spitting distance of each other in every category but wins. (Links are NOT STATIC) NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: If you’re counting, that’s SIX! The surprising Flames are STILL undefeated in the Geoff Ward Era, and both Zac Rinaldo and Milan Lucic lit the lamp in their win over Carl Soderberg, Phil Kessel, and the Coyotes last night, 5-2. NHL Apparently Rinaldo is now an impact player for the RIGHT reasons. NHL On the eve of their inductions into the US Hockey hall of Fame, late bloomer Tim Thomas notably flew well under the radar, battled, and seized his few chances. He and Bob Essensa go way back. NHL Undersized Brian Gionta likewise made a career of proving people wrong. NHL
  • Several current Bruins played for Jim Montgomery, who was let go by the Stars for unnamed reasons. Surprise seems to be the common reaction. Boston Herald
  • A poll by The Athletic ranked the Bruins’ “microcore” second in the league to only Tampa Bay’s. NESN
  • This power ranking shows the importance of tonight’s game, as the best of the best lock horns after each lost a gimme game to lesser lights this week. Boston Herald
  • Thanks, Gary. No 2021 World Cup of Hockey for us. ESPN
  • Players on these two lists are headed for either regression or redemption, because they can’t keep going on as they are now. ESPN