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Rest day for Bruins

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  March 12, 2011 11:48 AM

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The Bruins have been given the day off. They will resume practice tomorrow at 11 a.m. at Ristuccia Arena. They have two practices scheduled before they depart for three more road games against Columbus, Nashville, and Toronto.

With no media availability, here's the latest version of Plus/Minus:

Plus

+ The power play breaks through. They made it look easy during a second-period five-on-three. David Krejci sets up at the left circle. Zdeno Chara has his stick ready at the right point. Krejci hits Chara with a cross-ice pass. Boom.

+ Strength on the draw. The Bruins won 35 of 62 faceoffs last night. Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley have been welcome additions as draw men.

+ That the next Bruins-Canadiens game (March 24) is at TD Garden instead of the Bell Centre. Given the outrage over Zdeno Chara's hit on Max Pacioretty and the following non-suspension, the Bruins would have had to hire extra security for a game in Montreal.

Minus

- The injuries to Andrew Ference and Steven Kampfer. Two years ago, the Bruins were hit hard when Ference and Matt Hunwick were injured in the playoffs. They're going through something similar now. It's clear that Matt Bartkowski isn't ready for the NHL.

- Tomas Kaberle's reluctant shot. Kaberle's been a Bruin for 10 games. He's landed only eight shots. At the very least, Kaberle has to make penalty-killers respect his shot instead of overloading toward Chara.

- Ill-advised penalties. The Bruins couldn't stay out of the box against Buffalo on Friday. Last night, Brad Marchand took a bad interference penalty that led to the game-changing power-play goal.

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