Fresh Links: Rocky Road Edition

Chad Johnson holds the fort - Harry How

Sorry, NOT the chocolate ice creamy, chunky kind

Ducks... Kings... two Bruins road games, two stinging defeats. Will Tuukka Rask ratchet up his game against fellow Finn Antti Niemi and the Sharks on Saturday?

  • Here's the game recap, condensed into a steaming single shot of espresso. [NewEnglandHockeyJournal]
  • Nine goals allowed in the first two road trip games. Rask has not looked sharp. On the bright side, Matt Fraser scored on a sweet Carl Söderberg pass, and Justin Florek tallied his first NHL goal. [BostonHerald]
  • Chad Johnson was solid in relief. Dougie Hamilton took an odd penalty. The Kings capitalized. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • What went wrong and what went better for the Bruins. [WEEI]
  • No Dennis Seidenberg, no Chris Kelly... no success at penalty kill? Worse yet, it is causing some ongoing mental stress. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • As for defensive acquisitions, Dan Girardi 's name keeps popping up, here's why (or why not.) [WEEI]
  •  We should have Loui Eriksson back any time now, but hearing about his concussion symptoms and his concern for his future is sobering. Shawn Thornton is set to return Saturday. [BostonHerald]
  • The return of Thornton should serve as a shot in the arm. Pass the merlot! [TheFourthPeriod]
  • Ryan Spooner has been named to the AHL All-Star team. [NESN]
  • Get in on this deal, a Providence Bruins GROUPON! [Groupon]

Elsewhere around the rink: 

  • Wade Redden has decided to strap on the gold watch and call it a career. [TSN]
  • A daily dose of schadenfreude. See which teams have dominated the "Meh-tropolitan Division" most completely. [PuckDaddy]
  • Got questions on the second half of the NHL season? Here are the answers, including who will win in Sochi! [Grantland]
  • Remember little Oliver Wahlstrom and his remarkable lacrosse-style goal during Mini One-On-One? The seventh grader has committed to the University of Maine. [DieHardSport]
  • John Scott remains an embarassment to the game of hockey. [TheSporting News]
  • Here's the 411 on skate sharpening for the uninitiated. [BackhandShelf]
  •  More about the nickname "Raptor Jesus" and Rich Peverley. (Video, 1:12) [YouTube]
  • Get your NHL sweaterdresses here... [LavertyDesigns]

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