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. []
  • 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. []
  • 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 " 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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