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What is it about facial injuries that seems to spark success for the Bruins?

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NHL: San Jose Sharks at Boston Bruins
Pay attention, little man- this is part of hockey, too. (A young fan grimaces at Noel Acciari’s injury)
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The Bruins beat the Lightning last night at TD Garden in a battle of streaking teams, it was 4-1.

  • It takes one to know one- Sean Kuraly predicted what piece of equipment would bring his injured linemate, Noel Acciari, luck. A necessary delay in his dentist’s treatment plan leaves plucky Acciari in pain, but able to play until further treatment. WEEI
  • Don’t get cocky, Bruins, it was all thanks to the magic bubble. 985 The Sports Hub
  • A blindside hit caused Sean Kuraly to be placed in concussion protocol. David Krejci is feeling it, and it shows in his numbers and in the Bruins’ success. Brandon Carlo appears okay following a painfully blocked shot. Every single Bruin attempted a shot last night. Boston Globe
  • In a telling statistic, the Bruins peppered the Lighning with a 17 shot barrage in the first period, only seeing 4 shots in return. Recently tooth-unencumbered Jake DeBrusk scored the inital goal on the power play halfway through the second period. Bonus- Karson Kuhlman and Peter Cehlarik have boomeranged yet again back to Providence. Sports Illustrated
  • Better late than never- three Bruins goals were scored in under three minutes in the third period. An NHL record was set in the meeting. CBS Boston
  • Still, the win sent an important message. Here are three bullet points, including the Bruins refusing to wither under a strong performance by Louis Domingue. Bruins Daily
  • One thing to remember, all of this occured this month without David Pastrnak! Just you wait until his return. Bonus- Kevan Miller remains out as well. Boston Herald
  • The NHL is on notice, there’s now an additional benchmark team in town. CLNS Media

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: Johnny Boychuk took a skate to the neck last night during the Islanders’ thumping of the Maple Leafs. Thanks for that win, BTW... (With video) Boston Globe Props to Colby Cave, who has seized his chance and favorably impressed his coach since arriving in Edmonton. Sportsnet
  • Guy Boucher is out in Ottawa. Former Bruin Chris Kelly will join interim head coach Marc Crawford in the transition. Ottawa Sun
  • “ You remember your injuries and screw-ups...” Brad Kovachik is celebrating 1,500 games in zebra stripes. His career highlights include a punch from Tony Twist. The Globe and Mail
  • In 31 Thoughts- what sparked Adam McQuaid ending up in Columbus ? Also, the NHL General Managers will mull over the subject of resting players in advance of the trade deadline. Sportsnet