So the banner ceremony last night was great. If you didn't tear up seeing old Milt Schmidt walking proudly down that red carpet, I'm pretty sure you have no soul. True fact. And I....wait, what? There was a hockey game? Oh. Right.
It was a night to remember, from the reveal of the banner to Mark Recchi on the ice accepting his jacket to the Stanley Cup, glittering on the ice under so many spotlights. The game was forgettable. It should be looked at seriously, of course, so the Bruins can solve their on-ice chemistry issues, resolve them, and move forward tomorrow, but in the long haul, the game was so forgettable, the ceremony so amazing.
- A lost chance on a night to remember? Yeah, if they'd won, it would have been a little cooler. [Globe]
- Here's video of the banner celebration. [Globe]
- Brad Marchand scored the last goal of the 2010-2011 season, as well as the first goal of the 2011-2012 season. [Suite 101]
- Five things we learned from the Bruins season opener. Spoiler alert, the first line's productiveness is one of them. [WEEI]
- Tyler Seguin is ready to take the next step in his career; he's no longer a wide-eyed rookie. [Projo]
- Mark Recchi put the ceremonial jacket to rest last night. [Herald]
- Up in London, Jared Knight is setting the fitness standard for OHL players. [Metro]
- As the NBA lockout drags on, the NHL only stands to benefit from it. [Reuters]
- Eddie Olczyk and Keith Jones break down coaching in the NHL for this year. [PHT]
- Brooks Laich doesn't play for money. Proof: he's lost several paychecks over the years. [MSNBC]
- Apparently Matt Cooke is a sniper now. He had two goals in the Penguins' shootout win over the Canucks last night. [Province]
- James Reimer earned his fourth NHL shutout last night over the Canadiens. [USA Today]
- And finally, a good concussion-related story: Matt Lombardi scored a sweet shorty in his NHL return, after a year's absence with concussion issues. [Post]