Fresh Links: Wild, Wild West Edition

What did you think of Torey Krug playing as a winger last night? - Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Claude Julien pulled a number of lineup surprises out of his ten gallon hat last night.

The Bruins lost in the the skills competition to the Wild last night, and travel on to Winnipeg.

  • Claude Julien got a bit creative with the lineup last evening, and found the results to be "sloppy." [TheBostonGlobe]
  • As a result of the decision to rest key players, there was a surprising face on forward lines and it was all hands on deck at the blueline, as both Corey Potter and Andrej Meszaros were in the lineup. [Boston.com]
  • Patrice Bergeron praised Reilly Smith for contributing in other ways during Smith's (hopefully over) scoring slump, and reminisced that veteran Bruins helped him in similar circumstances. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • Chris Kelly was injured and only played one shift in the third, which Julien said was from an abundance of caution. (Video, 0:54) [NESN]
  • Here's what went right, and wrong, for the Bruins. [WEEI]
  • Playoff Picture Take #1: The Bruins' likely opponents in the first round. [MassLive]
  • Playoff Picture Take #2: The Bruins' ideal opponents in the first round. [Boston.com]
  • In vino veritas: Jack Edwards and Dave Goucher hoisted a few beverages and realized a profound truth about the Bruins. [Boston, CBSLocal]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Bruins fans won't be surprised to see a bunch of current Bruins named as examples NHL fighters whose playing skills merit regular ice time. [TSN]
  • Brenden Dillon of the Stars has an interesting approach to nutrition, and makes room for both Cap'n Crunch and red wine. [SportsIllustrated]
  • Here are the current nominees for the Masterton Trophy, with brief nomination summaries. [TheSportingNews]
  • On the lighter side, enjoy TSN's ode to NHL flow, and hear opinions on helmet/no helmet in game warm ups. (Video. 2:07) [YouTube]
  • Good dog! This Canadian puck retriever named Corona helps his owner collect lost pucks for charity. [TheHockeyNews]
  • Was Mike Gillis "one that loved not wisely but too well" when it came to his players in Vancouver? Allan Muir invites readers to "...compare his performance to that of Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, (who) didn’t just build a winner, he had the courage to do what he had to do to maintain it, including trading away second-overall pick Tyler Seguin. Gillis never could have done something like that." [TheHockeyNews]
  • Brooks Orpik felt pressure to return to the game quickly after his own concussion, and learned from it. He even acknowledged being aware his sour reputation for high-profile, injurious hits. [Post_Gazette]
  • Good news for the Penguins, as Tomas Vokoun begins a conditioning assignment in the AHL [ProHockeyTalk] and Kris Letang will be back on ice tonight having recovered from a stroke [PensBurgh]
  • Bad news for the Tampa Bay Lightning, as Ben Bishop is injured. [SBNation]
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