Fresh Links: Blackhawk Down Edition

Tuukka Rask in a Boston Fire Department tocque pregame - Jared Wickerham

To be fair, they were already down Patrick Kane...

The Bruins defeated the Blackhawks in a shutout victory.

  • Pregame, the Bruins paused to honor Lieutenant Edward J. Walsh and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, who were lost during a Beacon Street fire on Wednesday. [MassLive]
  • The Blackhawks had struggled a bit in two of their last three games, and the Bruins (read Patrice Bergeron) again scored the first goal, holding their opponent off the scoreboard in the first period. [WorcesterTelegram&Gazette]
  • The matchup was as advertised, more of a cerebral chess game than the mess that was the Canadiens game on Tuesday. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Blackhawk Kris Versteeg reminisced about his days as a Providence Bruin, and playing with David Krejci. [ESPN]
  • The Bruins/Blackhawks rematch involved no hard feelings from last year's finals. [SeacoastOnline]
  • Highlights of the game included naming the Boston Fire Department the First Star of the night, and odd circumstances surrounding Bergeron's second goal. [Boston.com]
  • Tuukka Rask notched his seventh, and league leading, shutout (Vezina, Vezina, Vezina...) [MassLive]
  • Going forward, the Bruins will balance a wish to rest key players with the need to preserve home-ice advantage by winning the President's trophy. [WorcesterTelegram&Gazette]
  • Zdeno Chara doesn't want you to think that he NEEDS any of that rest, but... [WEEI]
  • Bergeron values all aspects of his game, and continues to deflect accolades, despite talk that this year's Selke trophy is either his or Jonathan Toews'. [WEEI]
  • The Bruins' cadre of young defensemen were on ice again last night, and they did a splendid job tying up the speedy Blackhawks in the neutral zone. [SeacoastOnline]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Good news for Tim Bozon, who will be released from the hospital today. [SportsNet]
  • WRONG! So you thought you knew all about the Original Six, eh? Let's go myth debunking! [Grantland]
  • Greg Wyshynski muses on the topic of Brian Burke's hair, hilarity ensues. [PuckDaddy]
  • There are two kinds of "players-only" meetings, here's the skinny on what happens in each. [BackhandShelf]
  • Sean Avery and Martin Brodeur are at it again, sniping at each other. Children, PLEASE! [SBNation]
  • Here's a look at highlight-reel hits from the Sochi Paralympic sledge hockey games. (Video, 1:11) [YouTube]
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