Fresh Links: Eight is Great Edition

WOW, this guy must be Irish! - Jim Rogash

...but a nine game winning streak would be just fine. Happy St. Patrice's Day, Bruins fans!

The Bruins host the Minnesota Wild this evening at 7:30.

  • The Bruins sit atop the Eastern Conference enjoying their longest winning streak since that of November 2011. Claude Julien cautiously points out there is still room for improvement. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • The team still has another gear in reserve, and Milan Lucic liked what he saw in Dougie Hamilton 's hit on Jeff Skinner. [WEEI] See the hit here. [BeyondTheBenches]
  • Here's a period by period synopsis of the win over the Hurricanes on Saturday. Johnny Boychuk had a hard night, but sparked his teammates. [SouthCoastToday]
  • He spoke about the awkward fall and shot to the foot after the game. [NHL.Bruins]
  • The Jarome Iginla / David Krejci / Milan Lucic "KIL" line is HOT! Boychuk's resilience was not lost on his teammates. [WorcesterTelegram]
  • The Chris Kelly / Carl Söderberg / Loui Eriksson third line is also on a roll, with Söderberg's switch to center and Eriksson's post-Olympic improvement. [ESPN]
  • The acquisitions of Andrej Meszaros and Corey Potter have sparked competition and a sense of urgency into the play of the Bruins young defensemen, and Julien was pleased with the result Saturday. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Please, may we keep him? Iginla has performed as advertised, and has helped his line mates achieve consistency. He has hit all but one of his contract bogeys thus far. [ESPN]
  • Chad Johnson is glad to be very successful with the Bruins at TD Garden. He is especially confident when his team is sharp from the opening faceoff. [BostonHerald]
  • Patrice Bergeron has logged another diary entry, about the Olympics and jet lag, Meszaros's adjustment in the Bruins locker room, and some personal trivia- he's a Patriots fan! [ESPN]
  • Allan Muir believes the Bruins made the right moves at trade deadline, and with a tip o' the cap to Kevan Miller 's improvement, vaults the Bruins to the top of his power ranking. [SportsIllustrated]
  • Do you agree with Tuukka Rask 's place in this ranking of the top NHL goalies? [YahooSports]
  • Although Matt Lindblad has been returned to the Providence Bruins, Julien is still impressed with his hockey sense. [WEEI]
  • Upon his return, Lindblad scored the first goal in the Providence Bruins win yesterday! Here are the plusses and minuses for the PBruins' weekend. [ProvidenceJournal]
  • Top o' the mornin' to you: This Bruins fan is dressed for the holiday! [@lunchbagartist]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Here's a chance to support one of our own participating in One Run for Boston. Go, Heather! [OneRunForBoston]
  • Thank you, Flyers, for helping the Bruins in their quest for the lead in the Eastern Conference by beating the Penguins two days in a row! [USAToday]
  • WTF?!?! Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak, James Van Riemsdyk, a cat, and lasers? Once seen, this video cannot be unseen... (Video, 0:58) [YouTube]
  • There are lots of reasons to cheer for Shannon Szabados, she stopped 28 in her pro debut with the SPHL Cottonmouths. [EdmontonJournal]
  • Your grab bag of interesting news around the NHL this weekend: Tim Thomas needs a stylist, Dion Phaneuf is guilty of Leaf-on-Leaf violence, GM meetings are ... yawn. [Grantland]
  • A meditation on Ice Girls, and how far the NHL has not come on the sexism front. [PuckDaddy]
  • Current political issues aside, there is another side to the Miracle on Ice story. Ladies and gentlemen, Werner Herzog presents Red Army, the movie. [TheHockeyNews]
  • Remember Stan Fischler? He's wrong again, and now he's eating his hat. [PuckDaddy]
  • Once the kids' season is over, what is a hockey dad to do in all of his spare time? [ImAHockeyDad]
  • Just for St. Patrick's day, this quick lesson will help you pickup drunken bar patrons fake an Irish accent. (Video, 2:34) [YouTube]
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