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Morning Skate: Leafs vs. Bruins means Kadri vs. Marchand

Morning Skate: Leafs vs. Bruins means Kadri vs. Marchand

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while mulling over my NHL Awards ballot.

*One would expect there’s going to be a pretty good war of words between Nazem Kadri and Brad Marchand in the upcoming Bruins/Leafs series, and it will get nastier and grittier as the series moves along.

*Max Pacioretty said he’s “fallen in love with” Montreal as another Habs season ends without the playoffs. He may want to get ready for a painful break-up, just in case. It feels like some real changes need to be coming to that organization.  

*Part of the Cinderella story of the Vegas Golden Knights being in the playoffs is the charms of Las Vegas being part of the storyline. Today we bring you: A Marc-Andre Fleury likeness made entirely out of chocolate courtesy of one of the casinos in Vegas.

*Former UMass-Lowell goalie Connor Hellebuyck is not feeling any pressure as the guy at the back end of a loaded Winnipeg team ready for the playoffs.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz does a deep dive on comparing versions of Pete DeBoer’s Sharks teams, and what makes this season different.

*Damien Cox says that team-building in the NHL is being lost in the midst of overnight contenders for the Stanley Cup. Unless I’m mistaken the teams in last year’s Cup Final, Penguins and Predators, were long-term builds with some obvious tweaks both big and small that put them over the top. But I don’t see any real legit Cup contenders that are overnight successes, unless you are talking about the Vegas franchise. But I don’t think they’re a legit contender, so there’s that as well.

*A couple of first-class moves by the Boston Bruins Foundation to support the family and friends of the Humboldt Broncos, who are healing and will be in need of help for a long while after last week’s horrific bus accident.

*For something completely different: Damian Lewis is going to play late, ex-Toronto mayor Rob Ford? Yeah, I just don’t see it.

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Mind-blowing stat shows importance of Jake DeBrusk scoring for the Bruins

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Mind-blowing stat shows importance of Jake DeBrusk scoring for the Bruins

The Boston Bruins are often carried by the efforts of The Perfection Line. Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak had accounted for 79 of the team's 166 goals entering Tuesday night's game and were a massive part of their hot start to the season.

But secondary scoring is important as well. And in particular, Jake DeBrusk getting goals tends to have a really positive impact on the Bruins.

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According to the "Boston Sports Info" Twitter account, the Bruins are a remarkable 44-5-1 when DeBrusk scores in the regular season.

And in the playoffs, the Bruins are 6-3 when DeBrusk scores at least once. 

DeBrusk was a key for the Bruins in their 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday night. He scored the tying goal for the team early in the third period to afford them the opportunity to come from behind to win.

Moving forward, DeBrusk's scoring will be important. The Bruins are simply better when he produces goals and when the second line can impact the game. If this is the start of a hot streak for him, it could coincide with the B's getting hot.

Of course, they'll have to get through a lengthy All-Star break before that can happen. The Bruins won't play again until Jan. 31 when they travel to Winnipeg to take on the Jets.

NHL Highlights: Bruins hit the break on a high with comeback 3-2 win over Knights

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NHL Highlights: Bruins hit the break on a high with comeback 3-2 win over Knights

FINAL SCORE: Bruins 3, Golden Knights 2

IN BRIEF: David Krejci's goal with 7:42 left in the game lifted the Bruins to a 3-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights as Boston rallied from a third-period deficit and headed to the All-Star break on a high note with a come-from-behind victory at home. BOX SCORE 

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BRUINS RECORD: 29-10-12, 70 points (1st in Atlantic Division)

HIGHLIGHTS

MARK STONE GETS VEGAS ON BOARD EARLY:

ONE GAME, ONE GOAL FOR JEREMY LAUZON:

NICHOLAS HAGUE MAKES IT 2-1 ON 2ND-PERIOD PP:

DEBRUSK PICKS A CORNER TO TIE IT IN 3RD:

KREJCI-ON-THE SPOT, B'S TAKE THEIR FIRST LEAD:

UP NEXT:
All-Star break
(All-Star Weekend at St. Louis, skills competition, Friday, 7 p.m., NBCSN; All-Star Game, Saturday, 7 p.m., NBC)

Bruins resume: 
@Winnipeg Jets, Friday, Jan. 31, 8 p.m., NESN
@Minnesota Wild, Saturday, Feb. 1, 8 p.m., NESN