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Another remarkable third period rally was not enough for the Bruins to win this time.

NHL: DEC 05 Blackhawks at Bruins
Chris Wagner- down , but not out.
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The Bruins host the Avalanche on Saturday, tune in at 7:00PM on NESN.

  • Looking forward, Colorado is coming to town. Fox Sports
  • As for the Blackhawks, the first two periods of the game were just ugly. The Bruins’ third period rally did not carry into overtime. Patriot Ledger
  • Joakim Nordstrom led the scoring charge, Chris Wagner followed up swiftly with a goal of his own, and then Torey Krug sent the game to overtime. Boston preserved one streak in the loss. 985 The Sports Hub
  • Hooray for a comeback, with reservations. Boston Globe
  • A trio of observations from last night’s game include that Boston’s power play simply was NOT. Bruins Daily
  • Character- yes. Urgency- no. The Bruins are aware that third period rallies can only take them so far. CLNS Media
  • Matt Grzelcyk graciously moved to his off side for the night to accomodate the return of John Moore, who appeared in lieu of Connor Clifton. Bonus- Brett Ritchie may require a conditioning stint before returning to NHL action. Providence Journal
  • Now that other teams’ game plans focus on David Pastrnak , Boston must come up with a strategy to protect the league’s top goalscorer. WEEI
  • Pastrnak has noticed this trend as well. Boston Herald
  • By the numbers, Pastrnak could well hit an NHL milestone- 50 goals in 50 games. NHL
  • Behind the scenes, don’t think for a moment that Don Sweeney has not been working the phones. Boston Globe

NHL Standings:

  • The Bruins rule the Atlantic Division NHL, but trail the Capitals (with a game in hand) in the Eastern Conference NHL and the NHL overall. (Standings have been pretty sticky, but links are NOT STATIC) NHL
  • David Pastrnak is solidly number one as the NHL’s top goal scorer- he and Brad Marchand are still among the Offensive Leaders, the latter in every category. Marchand, David Krejci,and Zdeno Chara are in the Plus/Minus Leaders. On the netminding side, Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak are the cream of the crop and also 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: A dustup in Petr Mrazek’s crease led him to chop Joe Thornton, who then felled the netminder with one punch. The NHL has declined supplementary discipline. (With video) Hockeyfeed The Geoff Ward effect? Ward is now 3-0-0 after taking the reins in Calgary, and now Milan Lucic has finally lit the lamp for the Flames in their win over the stumbling Sabres. Post-Journal
  • Are you not entertained? Writers debate the players they most enjoy watching. NHL
  • A quintet of NHLers are flying just under the radar as Hart Trophy candidates. The Hockey News
  • Mark Pavelech has been found dangerous and was committed by a judge to a secure treatment facility. He faces a court date in February to decide if he should remain there. The Hockey News
  • This power ranking puts the Bruins at the tippy-top, and as the theme is the job security of each team’s head coach, Bruce Cassidy can rest easy. Sportsnet
  • What better way to bring attention to climate change than an international hockey game at the North Pole? Yale Climate Connections
  • Being slashed by a skate is a ‘freak accident’ as ruled by a Massachusetts court. Don’t even bother dragging the other player, rink, or referees into it, bub. Patch
  • All I want for Christmas... a young player from Latvia hopes for a holiday miracle to help with costly dental repairs. KEEL