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The Detroit Red Wings honored Brendan Shanahan tonight and Shanny brought his whole family with him to share in the puck drop.
Below, the Boston Bruins are celebrating 90 years of hockey and Bobby Orr dropped the puck tonight.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
It's all just a little incongruous.
Torey Krug, after all, is in so many ways just a kid. A 22-year-old who has 23 NHL regular-season games under his belt.
He still talks to his dad, who coached him growing up, after every game.
And yet there are elements to Krug that make him seem impossibly mature.
He married his college sweetheart in a backyard service at his in-laws' home this past summer. He made the Bruins team out of camp this fall, his first-ever NHL training camp after signing with the team as a free agent after he completed his third year at Michigan State in the spring of 2012. And, of course, there is his play on the ice: smooth, fearless, confident, something that belies his youthfulness and relative inexperience.
Given his play in the playoffs last spring, when he stepped into an injury-depleted Bruins lineup and helped them reach the sixth game of the Stanley Cup finals, it's hard to think of Krug as anything but a savvy NHLer. And yet as the league moves into the second quarter of the season, Krug has six goals and 12 points -- more than any other Boston defenseman, including captain and former Norris Trophy winner Zdeno Chara.
from Aedan Helmer of the Ottawa Sun,
But just as the warm and fuzzy feelings were returning — with the Senators now winners of four of their last five, and earning points in six of their last seven — it soon turned to concern as Bobby Ryan left the game with under four minutes remaining after taking a questionable hit from Dennis Seidenberg.
"When I saw it, to me its reviewable by the league,” said Paul MacLean. "There is an injury there. How severe it is we won't know until tomorrow.”
Seidenberg shrugged off the incident.
"The puck was in the corner, we were both going there. I want to be strong on the puck and he's kind of reaching for it, I think. I don't want to go after a guy's head or anything... people were kind of seeing it that way but I would never do that."
more on the Sens win and watch the hit below...
Lucic played 3 on 3 OT hockey while playing for the Coquitlam Express.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
“You feel like it’s almost fitting that it ends that way, rather in the shootout. It’s definitely something I would be in favor of,” said Lucic. “A five minute 4-on-4 and then a five minute 3-on-3 would be really exciting, and cool to watch. Hopefully they do something where we can get it done in overtime rather than a shootout.
“I remember that nobody ever came off the ice and was like ‘that’s so stupid that we lost it 3-on-3’ [when they got back to the dressing room]. Your chances were always pretty good to score. It was just a matter of who was going to score first.”
What was the 3-on-3 session like?
“It was just back-and-forth: chance after chance after chance,” said Lucic. “It becomes almost like pond hockey, run-and-gun type style. It definitely settles the score. I think maybe it’s 60/40 with the [players] that want to see an improvement in the [overtime/shootout] area.
“We’ll see what the geniuses of hockey come up with. I’m all for making a change... Even if it’s a ten-minute 4-on-4 that would make it better and more exciting. I just think it’s more fitting to have a game end that way rather than in a shootout.”
Then we have this and if you read between the lines, it may be a compensation issue...
Dedicated to Remembrance Day.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
It is the return to the scene of the crime.
Morally wounded after giving up a 4-1 third-period lead in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Boston Bruins in Beantown last spring, the Toronto Maple Leafs will play their first game at TD Garden since that fateful evening, one that won’t ever be completely forgotten by the players no matter what the result is Saturday night.
To a man, the Leafs shrugged off the return to Boston after Friday night’s 2-1 shootout win over New Jersey.
"I think we’ve moved past that," said star winger Phil Kessel, who notched his 10th goal of the season.
They insist they’ve tried to erase most of those memories from Game 7.
No penalty on the play and Kelly did leave the game but returned just a little later.
added 11/8/13 8:41am, As someone in the comments pointed out, Winchester will have a phone hearing this afternoon with the NHL.
The Florida Panthers are in Boston tonight, Tim Thomas will not play and is not talking.
So glad to see Erik Cole's head is still attached to his body.
from Michael Grange of Sportsnet,
Tyler Seguin will always consider Boston as something more than just another NHL city, but the question is: How will his first NHL city will come to think of him?
As the prodigal party boy the Bruins were better off cutting ties with while the cutting was good? Or as the latest elite NHL talent the Bruins cut adrift only to watch star in another market?
Tuesday Seguin and the Dallas Stars roll into TD Bank Garden for the first time since the controversial off-season trade. He doesn’t know what to expect.
“I’m not sure if I’ll get booed or if I’ll get a little applause my first time out there or whatnot,” Seguin says. “But I’m definitely excited about going back home.”
And not just because he gets to see what he describes as “a ton” of friends he made in Boston over three seasons there. It’s his first chance to stick it to an organization that drafted him, signed him to a six-year, $34.5-million contract extension and then smeared him on his way out the door.
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