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Remember last year's ECF sweep...? Good times!

Jarome Iginla last season, in the wrong black and gold
Jarome Iginla last season, in the wrong black and gold

<p><b> The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Boston Bruins for the first time since last year's ECF sweep. BOOM!  </b></p>


<li> This NHL Wednesday Night Rivalry preview is $elling the anger angle. Ulf Samuelsson finished Cam Neely's career! Zdeno Chara popped Sidney Crosby ! Evgeni Malkin lost it on Patrice Bergeron! All you need to know is that Jarome Iginla went home with the Bruins after the dance.  [<a href="">USAToday</a>]</li>

<li> Ahhh, but did Ulf Samuelsson's hit really end it for Cam Neely? [<a href="">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

<li> And this preview $ells the redemption angle. Will the Pens be soft around their own net? [<a href="">NHL</a>]</li>

<li> In some ways, this game's carryover is similar to the Bruins' first post-cup game against the Vancouver Canucks. [<a href="">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> Penguin Jarome Iginla vs. Bruin Jarome Iginla: A performance analysis. [<a href="">NHL</a>]</li>

<li> David Krejci and Milan Lucic have benefitted from Iginla's consistent play, and the KIL line has the numbers to show for it. [<a href="">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> Enjoy this two-fer preview for both tonight's Penguins and tomorrow's Ducks games, complete with fun illustrations! [<a href="">TheSpokedBLog</a>]</li>

<li> The nagging worry- why should Bruins fans be concerned? [<a href="">CausewayCrowd</a>]</li>

<li> Let's look in on the progress of European prospects Linus Arnesson,  Peter Cehlárik, and Anton Blidh, shall we? [<a href="">Bruins.NHL</a>]</li>

<li> Here's a wishful take on what John Scott 's Shanaban video might look like... [<a href="">StanelyCupOfChowder</a>]</li>


<p><b> Elsewhere around the rink:</b></p>


<li> This ECHL Wranglers backup goalie is a successful Neil Diamond impersonator! He has also sat in as backup for opposing teams in a pinch. [<a href="">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

<li> Let's hope it is good news for Nathan Horton as they assess his progress next week. [<a href="">@Aportzline</a>]</li>

<li> Injuries are decimating the Anaheim Ducks- now Teemu Selanne has had a few chicklets knocked out. Get well soon Jakob Silfverberg, Dustin Penner, Saku Koivu, Viktor Fasth, Luca Sbisa, Sheldon Souray, and Matt Belesky. [<a href="">USAToday</a>]</li>

<li> Does a hot start ensure a hot finish? A case study. [<a href="">Grantland</a>]</li>

<li> Sochi Watch! Team Canada hopefuls are rising and falling with their NHL seasons thus far. [<a href="">TheGlobeAndMail</a>]</li>

<li> Are Zone Entry stats only useful in the big picture? A player's take. [<a href="">BackhandShelf</a>]</li>