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Fans had better learn to bring a spare cap to Bruins games

NHL: FEB 12 Canadiens at Bruins
Maybe I’ll keep this gold one (David Pastrnak)
Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

A hat trick by David Pastrnak capped the Bruins 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens last night.

  • Three observations from the win include a strong performance from the Bruins’ fourth line. Bruins Daily
  • Don’t get cocky- Boston’s tight hold on the Atlantic Division has slipped away, partially due to the Lightning surge. Boston Herald
  • Pastrnak’s hat trick was his fourth of the season (!) and the ninth of his young NHL career. Days of Y’Orr
  • It was his second against Montreal alone this season. Pasta for MVP! ESPN
  • Is Phil Esposito’s single-season hat trick milestone in peril? Boston Sports Journal
  • Bruce Cassidy points out that Pastrnak is not a selfish player, either. Bonus- game highlights. CBS Boston
  • So much for forty, do I hear SIXTY? Causeway Crowd
  • Hats off to him, and to his sartorial splendor. HockeyBuzz
  • Brandon Carlo returned to play, after attending to a family matter. Boston Globe
  • Oh, and Matt Grzelcyk is a dirty player, just in case you didn’t know. WEEI
  • Lend your ears to The Skate Podcast to hear guest Sophia Jurksztowicz on all things Bruins. (Audio, 36:58) WEEI
  • Chris Wagner has teamed up with Harpoon Brewery, who have released a new “Don’t Poke the Bear” golden ale. Last night’s launch party benefitted charity. WHDH

NHL Standings:

  • The Bruins are atop the Atlantic Division NHL, the Eastern Conference NHL, and the NHL overall. The Capitals have dropped, and now the Lightning are nipping at Boston’s heels in second place. (Standings have been pretty sticky, but links are NOT STATIC) NHL
  • David Pastrnak is the NHL’s top sniper again, Brad Marchand is among the assists leaders, and both are among points leaders. On the netminding side, that overrated bum Tuukka Rask is both the NHL goals against average and save percentage leader- he joins Jaroslav Halak among the leaders in those categories as well as among the leaders shutouts. (Links are NOT STATIC) NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • 31 Thoughts is up! Sportsnet
  • Paul Stewart riffs on the fine art of assigning officials to NHL games. HockeyBuzz
  • The health of Shea Weber is foremost on the minds of the Predators, for about 24 million reasons. On the Forecheck