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Jake DeBrusk notched two power play goals within eighteen seconds in the win

Buffalo Sabres v Boston Bruins
“Now go out there and score twice!” “Okay, coach!” (Jake DeBrusk)
Photo by Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images

Boston ended their home and home against the Sabres with a 3-2 win. Up next? The Devils host the Bruins in a New Year’s Eve matinee tomorrow at 1:00PM on NESN.

  • Bullet points from the win include perseverance from the once again depleted defensive corps- Connor Clifton left the game in the first period. Boston Globe
  • Jeremy Lauzon was called up from Providence, as Charlie McAvoy was placed on Injured Reserve. Conor Ryan_93
  • Bruce Cassidy elicited the right response from Jake DeBrusk after benching him. WEEI
  • When the players stop listening, Cassidy is well aware of the result. Boston.com
  • And didn’t Steven Kampfer have himself a game in his return to NHL action? Causeway Crowd
  • The Bruins were able to burn one game of Kampfer’s AHL suspension with some roster sleight of hand. @MarkDivver
  • Left, right, left! Anders Bjork marches from right wing to left with alacrity. Boston Herald
  • Ten years, ten great Bruins games- numbers 10 to 6 Last Word On Hockey followed by 5 to 1. Last Word On Hockey
  • Don Sweeney’s best free agent signing- this player will pay off in the playoffs. Causeway Crowd
  • Meanwhile, in Providence, the PBruins had a mixed bag over the weekend. Rinkside Rhode Island
  • Seen at the scene- Chris Kelly and Don Sweeney were on hand to watch Minnesota Duluth play at Merrimac College. Eagle Tribune

NHL Standings:

  • The Bruins still rule the Atlantic Division NHL, trail only the Capitals in the Eastern Conference, NHL and are behind both 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 both among points leaders and assist leaders. On the netminding side, Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak remain among the leaders in all three performance categories. (Links are NOT STATIC) NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Tune in on NBC New Year’s Day to enjoy the Stars v. Predators in the Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl, 2:00PM (eastern). The fan experience will be enhanced. Dallas Morning News Six current Stars reminisce about participating in prior Winter Classic games with their former teams. Dallas News Have you watched the “Road to the 2020 Winter Classic” series? Me neither. Here’s what we missed (Episode 1 recap) On The Forecheck Memories! Take this quiz to see how well you know your Winter Classic trivia. NHL
  • Ten years, ten lousy deals. There are several former Bruins on this list of the decade’s biggest stinker contracts. The Hockey News
  • Cheer up! There are a pair of current Bruins on this list of the best 10 contracts of the past decade. The Hockey News
  • This potpourri of NHL news includes a nod to Patrice Bergeron’s productive week, a candid confession by Kris Letang, and a long shot by Anthony Beauvillier that earned the attention of actress Anna Kendrick (follow the link embedded in the article, it is worth it). ESPN
  • Chalk up another big save thanks to AED defibrillators placed at ice arenas. Thinking of you, Rich Peverley! ABCFox Montana
  • John Tortorella? Rant? Naw! The reason is, however, understandable. Sporting News