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Nevermind Saturday in Vancouver- Happy David Ayres Day, Raleigh!

NHL: Boston Bruins at Vancouver Canucks
The Bruins were upended by the Canucks on Saturday (That’s Anton Blidh, if you can’t tell.)
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No time to lick wounds, the Bruins are right back at it in Boston against the Flames tomorrow night at 7:00PM on NESN.

  • As for Saturday night, let’s focus on David Pastrnak retaking the NHL scoring lead, shall we? The Flames arrive for round two tomorrow- the matchup in a nutshell. Fox Sports
  • Review the 9-3 loss to the Flames in mercifully brief bitter pills. Bonus- Skate Podcast link to hear chat about the Miracle on Ice anniversary, trades that got away, and which Finnish goaltender is making a case for the Vezina. WEEI
  • Don’t despair, Bruins fans, it’s only one game. Boston Herald
  • And don’t just move past the loss, learn from it. Boston Globe
  • On the bright side, take a look at Brad Marchand’s stellar season so far. Chowder and Champions
  • Moving on to trade talk, look back at some recent Don Sweeney deadline moves and prepare yourself for maybe a thoughtful, modest transaction. HockeyBuzz
  • Maybe maybe maybe Kyle Palmieri? Will that cost Boston Anders Bjork? 98.5 the Sports Hub
  • Ilya Kovalchuk is choosing the Jarome Iginla strategy. Good luck with that. NHL
  • He’s no Marcus Johansson (sob, sniff) but hey, Conor Sheary could be a big help to the Bruins. Causeway Crowd
  • Lend your ears to yesterday’s Skate Podcast to hear about new Bruin Ondrej Kase and whether or not the move means the Bruins are all in on the postseason. (Link to audio) WEEI
  • Meanwhile, recapping the weekend that was in Providence, the PBruins are third in the Atlantic Division and on a five game win streak. Rinkside Rhode Island

NHL Standings:

  • In the President’s Trophy race, despite Saturday’s hiccup, the Bruins are atop the Atlantic Division NHL, the Eastern Conference NHL, and the NHL overall. The Lightning are nipping at Boston’s heels, and the Capitals are tied with the Blues in third place. (Standings have been pretty sticky, but links are NOT STATIC) NHL
  • David Pastrnak is again the top NHL sniper, Brad Marchand is among the assists leaders, and both are among points leaders. On the netminding side, Tuukka Rask is tied with Darcy Kuemper in goals against average, has fallen bahind him to #2 save percentage leader, and is among shutout leaders. Jaroslav Halak is still among the leaders in all but save percentage. (Links are NOT STATIC) NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The NHL live blog of today’s trade deadline frenzy opens with a flurry of burning questions. NHL
  • Here’s a primer on the rules that apply to today’s transactions. (Trigger warning- don’t click on the “more” links unless you enjoy bitter Maple Leaf tears.) Pension Plan Puppets
  • Review the worst trade deadline moves team by team in the post-lockout era. The Hockey News
  • Trades are tough on players and families, let alone teams. NBC Washington
  • Officials communicate with teams in many ways, and it is often more than just the spoken words that matter. HockeyBuzz
  • Collecting sports memorabilia can become addictive. Salem News
  • Wasn’t Saturday fun in Toronto? An emergency backup goalie saved the day for the visiting Carolina Hurricanes. Detroit News
  • There was one big reason Ayers’ mother made this possible (well, technically two...) NHL
  • Oh, and today is “David Ayres Day” in Raleigh! The Score
  • The Zambonis new release is called “E.B.U.G.” and you can dance to it. (Audio, 2:31) BandCamp
  • Too bad the Maple Leafs neglected to do the one thing that might have won the game for them. NO, REALLY! The Beaverton