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March 29, 1996

March 29, 1996

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Doing little things leads to large wins for Bruins

The game summary said the night belonged to Rick Tocchet and goalie Bill Ranford, but Tocchet insisted the summary wasn’t complete. “It’s great to score a hat trick,” said Tocchet, who collected three goals in the Boston Bruins’ 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins March 14, “but sometimes people don’t see the little things, like getting under (an opponent’s) skin, getting the puck out of the zone, taking a hit to make a play. We’re winning because guys are accepting roles now.” Tocchet’s comments came after Boston’s fourth straight victory, which tied its best stretch of the season. It also pushed the Bruins three games over.500 for the first time all season and was their first win in four tries against the Penguins in 1995-96. Boston’s streak started with a 4-3 decision over…

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Guts & goals lethal combo at World Cup

Lou Lamoriello has got his list and he’s checking it twice, but that’s about all the GM of Team USA expected to get done before the NHL trading deadline passed. Until March 20, his focus was to remain the defending Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils-his other team. “I have a list of every eligible player and I made up my mind I wouldn’t look at it until the 21st,” Lamoriello said. “I had USA Hockey send me the eligibility list and I’m cross-referencing it to make sure nobody is left off because that has happened in the past.” Glen Sather, too, had not yet assembled a team of candidates and still had to confer with associates Pat Quinn (Vancouver) and Bob Gainey (Dallas) on the make-up of Team Canada. Both GMs politely declined…