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The Bruins held the Devils to only one goal last night for the win

NHL: Boston Bruins at New Jersey Devils
David Backes capped the evening with a goal.
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A bunch of Bruins lit the lamp, defeating the Devils 5-1. On to Florida, where the Panthers host the Bruins on Saturday evening at 7:00PM on NESN.

  • Let’s pause to celebrate Perfect Patrice Bergeron upon achieving his fifth 30 goal NHL season. Bonus- game highlights, NESN feed. (With video) CBS Boston
  • Observations from the game include the reunited Patrice Bergeron/Brad Marchand/David Pastrnak line picking up right where they left off after Pasta’s return from injury. Bruins Daily
  • The Bruins top line simply must be kept together going forward. Bonus- Brad Marchand hit a notable Boston milestone last night as well, last achieved by Marc Savard in 2006-07. 985 The Sports Hub
  • Charlie Coyle brings everything but the goals, and Bruce Cassidy remains patient. Bonus- what happens to the lineup with the return of the Bruins’ walking wounded? Which goaltender will play against the Panthers? Boston Herald
  • You weren’t imagining it- Connor Clifton played a whopping 18:50 last night, for reasons. NESN
  • Sean Kuraly took one for the team blocking a shot that turnded into the Danton Heinen goal. Cross your fingers for him. Black n’ Gold Hockey
  • Yes, his 5-on-5 performance could improve, but by the numbers, Torey Krug is among the best in the NHL on the power play and has played a big part in Boston’s man advantage success. HockeyBuzz
  • Meanwhile, in Providence, the PBruins are solidifying their playoff standing, thanks to some notable work by players who were late additions to the lineup. They took home 4 of 6 points this week. The Hockey Writers
  • Brad Marchand may chirp Torey Krug himself, but he goes all mama bear in staunchly defending his teammates against others. WEEI

NHL Standings:

  • The Bruins hold the 3rd spot in the NHL overall (behind the Lightning and Flames, who have both clinched playoff berths) NHL and retain 2nd place both in the Eastern Conference NHL as well as the Atlantic Division, now ahead of the Maple Leafs by six points. NHL The Wild Card slots are occupied by the Hurricanes and now the Canadiens, who trail Boston by 14 points. NHL (Note- links are NOT static)

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • In news of former Bruins: Malcolm Subban absolutely stoned the Jets last night for his first NHL shutout. Reilly Smith scored two, even deke-ing Joe Morrow of the Jets for one (Streamable) of the Golden Knights’ 5 goals. TSN By the numbers, Matt Benning is a defensive bright spot in an otherwise iffy defensive corps, while Colby Cave has solidified his spot with the Oilers. Canoe
  • The man, the myth, the legend- Ron Burgundy was in the booth for the Kings who unfortunately lost to the Sharks last night. (With video) BarDown
  • Vote early, vote often for the best AHL mascot, Samboni. Did you even know that the Providence Bruins HAD a mascot? AHL