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With David Pastrnak suddenly out, Danton Heinen has answered the call

Chicago Blackhawks v Boston Bruins
Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and now Danton Heinen are the Bruins’ first line. Get well soon, David Pastrnak!
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The Bruins depart for the west on a high note by laying a quota of goals on the Blackhawks last night, which squelched Chicago’s 7 game winning streak.

  • It was clearly going to take a team effort without David Pastrnak. Ominously, the Blackhawks scored first, but then the Bruins tallied four unanswered goals. Patriot Ledger
  • Three bullet points from the game include Danton Heinen earning the praise of his coach for making the most of his opportunity to skate with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand on the top line. Bruins Daily
  • In a nutshell, there was pushback by the Bruins after the early goal, and then a response from the Blackhawks. Boston Sports Extra
  • Brad Marchand was penalized for “goalie interference”- judge for yourself. (Video, 0:18) Streamable, via Reddit
  • Here are most of the details about Pastrnak’s injury, just not the juicy ones. Bruins NHL
  • Jake DeBrusk played his best game to end what had been a very frustrating several weeks. HockeyBuzz
  • The victory marked Bruce Cassidy’s 100th win as Bruins coach, and highlighted his success at integrating the youngsters into the Bruins system. Bonus- David Krejci is the Bruins’ lone Ironman this season. WEEI
  • After spending a week reveling in Patrice Bergeron appreciation, take steps to make the changes necessary to make his life easier. 985 The Sports Hub
  • Don’t let last night’s six goals lull you into complacency- the difference between pretending and contending lies in two key acquisitions. @_TyAnderson
  • Standings- the Bruins now rise to 7th in the league overall, NHL and remain at 4th in the Eastern Conference, NHL holding 3rd place in the tightly competitive Atlantic Division, behind the Maple Leafs by a mere 1 point. NHL Currently sitting in the first Wild Card slot are the Canadiens, now three point behind Boston. In the second Wild Card slot, the Penguins trail Boston by 7 points. NHL (Note- links are NOT static)

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • You wanted more scoring? You’ve been getting it. Increased player skill and firm rules enforcement have made a difference. Wall Street Journal
  • Speaking of the evolution of NHL hockey, look back to the history of the very first game played and at the inaugural season 100 years ago. Sporting News
  • It was Team USA over Team Canada in the first game of the Rivalry Series. Pension Plan Puppets Enjoy some game highlights. (Video, 2:24) @USAHockey