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The Bruins chased Braden Holtby and sent the Capitals packing for the 7-3 win.

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The Bruins will serve a side of relish at Christmas dinner thanks to slaying the Capitals last evening. They take a nine point divisional lead into the holiday break. Next up? A home and home against the Sabres.

  • Three stocking stuffers from the game include a sharp performance from Tuukka Rask. Boston.com
  • You might call the victory an early gift from Santa. Boston Herald
  • Now that it is over, we can call the slump what it was. Charlie Coyle’s shorthanded goal was sweet hockey god justice for a blown call on an own goal blunder by the Capitals. Patriot Ledger
  • There was a bunch of punk testing going on in the absence of Zdeno Chara. WEEI
  • Tom Wilson was invited to leave early following this sequence, in which he got his licks in on an official to boot. (Video, 0:42) @BradyTrett
  • A cautionary tale- a physical game is one thing, a physical series is another. NESN
  • Torey Krug, Charlie McAvoy, and Matt Grzelcyk paid the price, while David Pastrnak, although targeted, was seemingly spared. Boston Globe
  • The Department of Player Safety may be late leaving the office tonight. HockeyBuzz
  • Here are three things the Bruins would like to see under the tree. Chowder and Champions
  • Of note from the waning moments of the Predators game thread on Saturday- user BruinsForLife “...let’s hit our quota next game – with NO 1B!” Stanley Cup of Chowder
  • Better late than never, here are the high and lowlights of the weekend that was (#19) for the Providence Bruins. Rinkside Rhode Island

NHL Standings:

  • The Bruins still rule the Atlantic Division NHL, and trail only the Capitals in the Eastern Conference, NHL and Washington as well as the Blues in the NHL overall. (Standings have been pretty sticky, but links are NOT STATIC) NHL
  • David Pastrnak is the NHL’s top goal scorer, he and Brad Marchand are among points leaders, and Marchand is also an assist leader. On the netminding side, Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak remain among the netminding leaders in GAA and Shutouts, although Rask has been bumped from best save pecentages leaders. (Links are NOT STATIC) NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: That would be Noel Acciari occupying the First Star spot in the NHL this week. His TWO hat tricks (his first and second EVER) have him breathing rarified air. KSDK
  • There is one Bruin listed among the top 10 NHL players of the decade. The Hockey News
  • His linemate is listed among the top 10 NHL single-game efforts of the decade for one playoff game against the Maple Leafs in 2018. The Hockey News
  • Jeremy Roenick will get coal in his stocking and unpaid vacation from NBC Sports as a result of comments made about his coworkers during a guest spot on a podcast. Chicago Sun-Times
  • For your holiday gatherings, we suggest this beautifully rendered, Gritty themed ice luge. Reddit