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Going Places: Pittsburgh

Photos from the Bruins trip to the Steel City, pres. by JetBlue

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

PITTSBURGH - Some shots from the Bruins' quick trip to the Steel City in the latest edition of Going Places, presented by JetBlue:

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Going Places: Florida and Tampa Bay

Photos from the Bruins trip to the Sunshine State, pres. by JetBlue

by Boston Bruins @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

TAMPA - We're kicking off a new series called "Going Places" - presented by JetBlue - for select road trips this season. The feature will highlight some of the best photos from the Bruins' travels across North America.

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Middleton Officially Enshrined in Bruins History Forever

Former right wing's No. 16 was retired in a pregame ceremony on Thursday

by Riley Nelson @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - Standing before the Garden faithful who were witness to his trickery and craftiness, Rick Middleton looked up at the banner with his name and number slowly being raised into the TD Garden rafters forever. It was official. No. 16 would never be worn by a Boston Bruins player again.

With his family on either side, he couldn't help but throw his arms up over his head in elation at the moment.

"It really is hard to put into words," said Middleton. "I've had four months to think about it, and I hate repeating myself, but honestly, I believe it is the biggest honor that certainly a retired athlete can get in his career."

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Donato Notches Winner in Return

One day after recall from Providence, winger secures Bruins shootout victory over Isles

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - There were plenty of reasons for Ryan Donato to be happy when he arrived at the rink on Thursday morning.

For one, he was no longer in Providence, summoned by the Bruins some 24 hours earlier following a month-long stint down I-95. He also found out he'd be returning to the lineup against the New York Islanders for his first NHL contest since Oct. 30.

And just for an added bonus, the game would be played on a night that Rick Middleton - his father Ted's favorite player - would be honored with his No. 16 hoisted to the TD Garden rafters.

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16 Fun Facts: Rick Middleton

Nifty's No. 16 will be raised to the TD Garden rafters on Thursday

by Heidi Holland @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - A first-round draft pick of the New York Rangers in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft (14th overall), Rick Middleton played his first pro season in New England with the Providence Reds of the American Hockey League. He compiled 36 goals and 48 assists for 84 points in 63 AHL games and then spent his first two NHL seasons with the Rangers, recording 46 goals and 44 assists for 90 points in 124 New York games. He came to the Bruins in a May 26, 1976 trade for Ken Hodge and embarked on an outstanding career in a Boston uniform.

His No. 16 goes to the TD Garden rafters as the 11th number honored by the Bruins on Thursday night. Here are 16 fun facts about Middleton's career as a Bruin (in no particular order):

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Injuries Providing Opportunity for Others

Boston must adapt with Bergeron, Chara sidelined

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

DETROIT - Bruce Cassidy needed a couple of moments to think it all through.

Asked what his team will need to do more of with Patrice Bergeron sidelined for at least a month with a rib and sternoclavicular injury, Boston's bench boss rattled off the laundry list of ways Bergeron contributes on a nightly basis.

By the end of his response, Cassidy decided to offer a simpler, more direct description of the areas Bergeron will be missed: everywhere.

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B's Blue Liners on the Mend

Miller expected to return vs. Red Wings; McAvoy, Vaakanainen to join team in Detroit

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - While the Bruins will be without captain Zdeno Chara for at least a month, the result of an MCL injury to his left knee, they may finally be finding some relief for their injury-riddled back end over the coming days.

Boston has played the last two games sans five of its six Opening Night blue liners, with Chara, Charlie McAvoy (concussion), Brandon Carlo (upper body), Kevan Miller (hand), and John Moore (lower body), as well as rookie Urho Vaakanainen (concussion), all sidelined by various ailments.

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Rask Returns from Leave of Absence

Netminder had been away from the team to deal with a personal matter

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - After taking a few days to tend to a personal matter, Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask rejoined the team on Tuesday and was back on the ice for practice at Warrior Ice Arena. The netminder addressed the media following the session and thanked his teammates and the organization for their support.

"First and foremost, I want to thank all the people who sent messages and contacted me and supported me," said Rask, who was granted a leave of absence last Friday. "Second of all, I want to thank the Boston Bruins for giving me the opportunity to take time off with my family. I've never been more proud to be a part of this family, the Boston Bruins…we talk about it a lot, this is a family, we are a family, and we take care of each other when times are tough."

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Photos: O'Ree at Hall of Fame Weekend

Trailblazer set to be inducted on Monday in Toronto

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BostonBruins.com - NHL trailblazer and Bruins legend Willie O'Ree will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto as a builder on Monday night. The Fredericton, New Brunswick, native made history on Jan. 18, 1958, when he took the ice for the Bruins and became the first black player in the history of the National Hockey League.

And since 1998, O'Ree, now 83, has served as the NHL's Director of Youth Development and NHL Diversity Ambassador, as he travels throughout North America in an attempt to grow the game of hockey.

O'Ree will enter the Hall on Monday with NHL Commisioner Gary Bettman, former Canadian women's team captain Jayna Hefford, Soviet star Aleksander Yakushev, and NHL legends Martin Brodeur and Martin St. Louis.

Check out some photos from this weekend's festivities in Toronto, including the unveiling of the Hall of Fame plaques and the Legends Classic.

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Secondary Scoring Begins to Emerge

B's receive 25 points from outside top line during homestand

by Eric Russo @NHLBruins / BostonBruins.com

BOSTON - The Bruins received their daily dose of perfection on Sunday night, as Boston's top line of Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, and David Pastrnak added another two goals and two assists to their already eye-popping totals.

But the Black & Gold's leading trio was not the primary focus in a 4-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights. In addition to Jaroslav Halak's stellar 37-save outing, the Bruins received some strong production from their bottom six, which appeared to gain some momentum and confidence over the course of a 3-1 homestand.

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