A 2-1 loss to the Senators in preseason means that the Bruins' record of not losing in regulation in fake games is broken. Woe. One more pretend game on Saturday and then we're on to the real thing on Thursday.
Less than a week from today, a brand shiny new gold banner will be hanging in the quiet, dark TD Garden, while echoes of the previous night's festivities fade. Can you believe it's been three and a half months since the Stanley Cup fell into the hands of the Bruins?
After the jump, an injury clarifies the seventh D spot, the coaching staff has faith in 'Benny Poo,' and it's good to get paid on Friday - doubly so if you're Drew Doughty.
Maxime Sauve is one of those players right on the cusp - with good skills, Claude Julien believes that if he improves his skills battling for the puck, he might have a shot. [Globe]
Dougie Hamilton's Niagara Ice Dogs are lacking on defense? That doesn't sound good. [Chronicle]
Drew Doughty got paid, son. $56 million over 8 years. He is officially the highest-paid Kings player. [LA Times]
That kid who scored the GWG against the Bruins last night, David Rundblad? Is pretty good. He might go back to Sweden if he doesn't make the NHL, though. Also Rundblad apparently means "round leaf" which is adorable. [Sun]
That whole "vets getting injured and opening spots for newbies" thing is really paying dividends in Florida. Jacob Markstrom will probably start the season as backup goaltender for the Panthers. [Miami Herald]
Non Hockey Link of the Day:
The IgNobel prize awards the year's funniest scientific research. Seriously, some of these projects are sort of ridiculous. [Telegraph]