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Dominant Rask leads Bruins toward 3-2 victory against Devils

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Dominant Rask leads Bruins toward 3-2 victory against Devils

BOSTON – It was a strange game with multiple delays, a goalie injury and a linesman that also went down leaving both teams with three on-ice officials for much of the game.

It also featured the Bruins fighting from behind against the New Jersey Devils a couple of times before finally collecting a solid 3-2 win at TD Garden that extended their point streak to 17 games.

The Bruins were outshot by a 20-margin in the first period, but watched Tuukka Rask turn away all 20 of the shots that he faced behind a B’s club that clearly wasn’t starting on time.

The Devils actually took control of the game in the second period as Miles Wood tipped a Will Butcher shot past Rask while camped out all alone in front of the net. The Bruins stormed back and tied it up five minutes later on a Riley Nash shot that bounced and pin-balled it’s way over Cory Schneider from a bad angle.

New Jersey once again jumped on top as a Torey Krug point blast caught Patrice Bergeron squarely in the chest at the offensive zone, and Jersey was able to turn that into an odd-man rush and a Damon Severson strike at the other end.

After that, however, it was all Bruins. They limited the Devils to just seven shots in the middle 20 minutes, and scored a pair of unanswered goals to take control of the game sandwiched around a 13-minute delay after a major time clock snafu. Patrice Bergeron scored on a power play strike from the slot during a 5-on-3 advantage to tie things up, and after the delay Brad Marchand scored on a breakaway with under a minute to go in the period.

The rest was up to Rask, who shut down Severson on a breakaway attempt in the third period and stopped 37 shots in all in one of his best performances of the season. 

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Morning Skate: Get ready for a next generation of 'Mighty Ducks'

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Morning Skate: Get ready for a next generation of 'Mighty Ducks'

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while Tanguay is busy taking America...again!

*I kind of missed the "Mighty Ducks" phenomenon as I was a little too old to be the target audience when the movies first came out, but hopefully my kids will get to experience it fully with a new Mighty Ducks TV show in development. Gordon Bombay might be one of the greatest names for a movie character in cinema history, let alone hockey movie history.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/mighty-ducks-tv-series-works-1077067

*Speaking of hockey and television, it looks like PK Subban is going to get the big-shot experience on the Daily Show in the near future.

*A couple of major hockey figures say that the NHL has been completely silent on their pitches for funding to further study concussions.

*There’s a lot of concern over whether or not the Vancouver Canucks will play it smart at the trade deadline, but I’m more concerned about the health and well-being of this “sentagraph” that’s badly in need a breath: “It was only a little more than a week ago that the team’s effort to put everything together after kinda-sorta blowing it up a year or two back (at least as far as ownership would allow) was dubbed a “model rebuild” but that was not the world’s greatest take and I think everyone disagreed with it immediately.”

*The Chicago Blackhawks lost again and continue to spiral further out of a playoff spot with a team that sure seems like they should be better than they are.

*For something completely different: The Oscar nomination for the adapted “Logan” screenplay should be a game-changer for comic book movies.

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Bruins on Patriots success: 'We would love to be that'

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Bruins on Patriots success: 'We would love to be that'

BRIGHTON, Mass. - The Bruins are clearly in a much different place now with a young, up-and-coming group, but they certainly have hopes and aspirations to build something similar to what the Patriots have in place in Foxboro.

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The Pats are headed to Minnesota looking for their third Super Bowl title in four years to go along with the three Super Bowls in four years at the start of the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick Era. Plenty of Bruins players were on hand in Foxboro on Sunday with the day off from practice. Torey Krug even posted a picture on Instagram with Charlie McAvoy, Riley Nash, Paul Postma, Matt Grzelcyk, David Pastrnak and Tuukka Rask all ready to cheer on the Patriots in a truly entertaining AFC Championship victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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Clearly, the Bruins semi-recently had a nice run of their own with seven consecutive seasons of playoff appearances and two Cup Final appearances between 2011-2013, but the Patriots’ current dynastic run is something that’s never been seen before in modern professional sports.

Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy makes no bones about being a fan of the Patriots and the way they play and said it’s something that inspires him and should inspire his team full of players as they roll through a very good season of their own.

“You can’t help but get caught up in it,” said Cassidy. “I’ve been in New England ten years, and you can see how teams continually can’t put the Patriots away. It’s not just one time. So they’re in people’s heads...I don’t care what anybody says.

“There are conversations, probably less about their own game and more about what the Patriots can do. On a game day, they’re probably focusing less on themselves. It’s an amazing quality that team has, the character, the culture they’ve created and the identity. We would love to be that. We’re coming at you, we’re coming at you, and it doesn’t matter what happens right to the bitter end. We’ll see where that goes, but you’ve got to be champions to do that. There are guys in this locker room that were [champions] and would love to be again, and with the younger guys hopefully, it’s something that they embrace.”

For those Bruins that have won before, the ongoing excellence of the Patriots, who've been dominant for close to two decades, becomes the truly amazing accomplishment. Zdeno Chara, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, David Krejci and Adam McQuaid have been through one cycle of dominance earlier in their B’s careers, but before getting on that upward trajectory again, they needed to hit a rough patch for a couple of seasons that included a housecleaning of their GM and coach.

That’s something the Patriots have never really had to do since the arrival of Belichick and Brady, and it’s something that blows away those veteran Bruins who have watched it all unfold. 

“It’s not easy. You see it in every sport that the one season you win, and then the next season you don’t even make the playoffs,” said David Krejci. “The Patriots year after year they’re always a top-four team and last season they won the Super Bowl. I’m looking forward to the next couple of weeks and watching the game, especially given the way they played with the injuries they had with [Julian] Edelman and Gronk getting hurt. It was fun to watch [on Sunday].”  

If nothing else it’s inspiring for the younger Bruins to simply see how focused the entire community gets supporting one of the local teams when they reach the championship level and just how bonkers the Boston area will become if the Patriots take it to the Super Bowl house for a record-tying sixth time in NFL history. 

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