Fresh Links: Black & Blues Edition

Carl Soderberg celebrates his goal against the Blues, who drafted him in 2004. - Jared Wickerham

Despite a strong effort, the Bruins were left to sing the blues and lick their wounds.

Well, it was a quality game. The St. Louis Blues dropped the Bruins in a shootout win. 

  • Tuukka Rask was not shy about his frustration with the first Blues goal. Gregory Campbell scored his first goal of the season, and Carl Soderberg sniped the Bruins' second goal. [BostonHerald]
  • Campbell was especially relieved to finally notch one. [ESPN]
  •  But hey, it was a solid game and a full 60 effort. Ken Hitchcock said "It was a playoff game. Exactly. It was very disciplined." [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Here are three takeaways from the tilt. [BruinsDaily]
  • Or take five.. more takeaways, that is. Soderberg "played the best NHL game of his career." [SouthCoastToday]
  • But take the shootout, PLEASE. Rask, after a heartwarmingly genuine on-ice tantrum, said he "would gas it, right away." [WEEI]
  • Kevan Miller was solid in his NHL debut last evening, garnering praise from Claude Julien for making poised, strong plays. [WEEI]
  • Miller's family traveled to see the game, Bobby Orr dropped the puck, Peter Laviolette was in the house, and Vladimir Sobotka was gracious about being traded away, and hopes to get the nod for Team Czech Republic . [ProvidenceJournal]
  • Torey Krug dished an old-school hip check to Vladimir Sobotka. Enjoy! (Video, 0:11) [YouTube]
  • The Bruins will be well represented in Sochi. Rask is likely a lock for Finland. Carl Soderberg, who was gratifyingly assertive with Sweden in his effort to be released to play professionally for Boston, remains a question mark as a result, which is fine by him. [BostonHerald]
  • Guess who is second on this list of goalies playing the heaviest workloads?  [PostGazette]
  • And then guess which Bruins defensive prospect is in the mix for US World Junior! [UnitedStatesOfHockey]

Elsewhere around the rink: 

  • They should hire Jack Edwards to endorse this new unbreakable hockey stick. [Sportsnet]
  • Canadian Carla MacLeod learned a lot about cultural differences coaching the Japanese women's hockey team. [TheGlobeAndMail]
  •  A short primer on why coaches call a time out, and what type of last-minute, last-ditch set plays they call. [BackhandShelf]
  • Not only is he good looking and nicely scented, Old Spice Guy (Isaiah Mustafa) is a hockey player and fan! [ColorOfHockey]

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