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Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  February 15, 2009 11:56 AM

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It's been six games without a fight for the Bruins. (Christinne Muschi/Reuters)

The Bruins are off Sunday. They will practice Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Ristuccia Arena.

With no media availability Sunday, here's the latest version of Likes & Dislikes:

Likes

1. The coming-to-form of Patrice Bergeron. Was skilled and gritty against Nashville. Made a clever read behind the net to set up Zdeno Chara for the tying goal. The Bruins will be in good shape if Bergeron can get back to being a top-two center.

2. How Manny Fernandez is tuning up his game. Yes, he should have stopped David Legwand's shorthanded goal. And he gave Legwand and Martin Erat too much room upstairs in the shootout. But Fernandez looks OK for a goalie who's only played twice after missing a month.

3. Chara in front of the net. It's probably too taxing for Chara to be a regular net-front presence on the power play, considering the rigors of the position might hinder his defensive game. But who's going to move him out of the crease? Especially with the power play struggling now, planting Chara in front could be a way to generate man-advantage offense. Chara has good hands for a big man.

Dislikes

1. Little presence from the No. 1 line. Marc Savard's play remains high. But his wingers haven't been giving him much help. Phil Kessel remains snakebitten, while Milan Lucic's timing looks a click off.

2. The power play. Stuck in a rotten 2-for-36 skid. Confidence is in the dumps. The Bruins need to pour pucks on net and look for dirty goals.

3. Zero fights in the last six games. A scrap or two might spark some emotion.

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