Fresh Links: Snow Business Edition

Matt Bartkowski sports a snow beard as the official tries to maintain his professionalism - USA TODAY Sports

There's snow business like the NHL, and the Avalanche are in town for the really, really big show, a tilt against the BRRRRRRUINS.

The Colorado Avalanche roll into TD Garden at 7pm to face the Boston Brrrrruins: 

  • Matt Bartkowski is not wallowing in self-pity, and sees no benefit in blaming the "numbers game" for his stint in the press box. [WEEI]
  • Watch out! Here are a few things the Bruins need to keep an eye out for tonight. [CausewayCrowd]
  • Tuukka Rask spoke with Kathryn Tappan about expectations for him, the stunning end to last season, and new Bruins faces. (Video, 3:18) [YouTube]
  • The Bruins no longer need to win despite a dismal power play. A few key personnel changes and some crafty juggling have brought a measure of success. [BostonHerald]
  • Andy Brickley weighed in on the Bruins new-look power play, the youth influx into the lineup, and predicts future success for Peter Laviolette. [WEEI]
  • Between the Bruins and the Avalanche, it has always been about the respect. [EagleTribune]
  • Patrick Roy's years in Montreal are what turned up the heat in the Bruins/Habs rivalry. [SouthCoastToday]
  • Adam McQuaid and Torey Krug were at Lawrence Memorial Hospital yesterday spreading cheer. [WickedLocal]
  • Coverage for our worthy opponents is over at Mile High Hockey, here's a brief preview from their perspective. [MileHighHockey]
  • Give a listen to the boys over at Days of Y'Orr (and our very own Losted125) as they chat all things Bruins, including an interesting theory that Carl Soderberg was a CGI all last year, merely a hologram, and their opinions on other Bruins reporters, Twitters, and bloggers. Oh, and about the Bruins' Instagram... (Video, 55:00) [DaysOfY'Orr]

Elsewhere around the rink: 

  • Meet Diane Bibaud, McGill graduate, music store owner, and long time organist for the Canadiens. [MontrealGazette]
  • Here are the Infographic results when 30 NHL players anonymously weigh in on a few key issues in the NHL. [ESPN]
  • Here are the 10 most polarizing players in the NHL... Some are (or were) Bruins. COLLECT THEM ALL! [TheHockeyNews]
  • The NHL has lost legal round #1 to recover money from former Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes. [ESPN]
  • And speaking of law, how did former lawyer Jon Cooper of the Tampa Bay Lightning end up behind the bench as an NHL coach? [Grantland]
  • Violent Gentleman George Parros is doing much better, thank you for asking. [MontrealGazette]
  • Nail Yakupov starred in this witty, if edgy, commercial spot. (Video, 0:16) [YouTube]
  • Enjoy this ranked list of the top 10 greatest one-team NHL players. [Grantland]
  • The most recent podcasts are up for both [Backhand Shelf] and [Marek vs. Wyshynski]

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