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Fresh Links: BlitzKrug Edition

The Bruins are SO OVER shootouts.

A couple of small guys came up big- Brad Marchand and Torey Krug
A couple of small guys came up big- Brad Marchand and Torey Krug
Jared Wickerham

<p><b> In a perfect riposte, the Bruins dismissed the Penguins less than a minute into overtime. </b></p>


<li> Once again, Tuukka Rask kept the Bruins in the game through the first period. The Penguins battled back from a two goal defecit. Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, and Zdeno Chara scored, Carl Soderberg had a pair of primary assists. And then Torey Krug ... [<a href="">WorcesterTelegram&Gazette</a>]</li>

<li> The Bruins were led by their passel of "new guys." [<a href="">PatriotLedger</a>]</li>

<li> Take five... what we learned from last night's game. [<a href="">SouthCoastToday</a>]</li>

<li> Rask chalked the uneven nature of the win to "a case of the Mondays..." [<a href="">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> Defensemen Krug (the Corvette) and Kevan Miller (the F-150) became even more important as Johnny Boychuk was sidelined by a blow to his throat. [<a href="">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> Krug's confidence and offensive touch have been noticed by Team USA, but he has made some key defensive errors and is still at a size disadvantage. He remains tied at the top of NHL scoring defensemen. [<a href="">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> Here are your three stars of the week. Interestingly, it was only injury to number two that opened the door for the number three star. [<a href="">CausewayCrowd</a>]</li>

<li> Here's the player of the week. [<a href="">BruinsDaily</a>]</li>

<li> The (relatively rare) Bruins power play is looking a lot better these days. [<a href="">HeraldNews</a>]</li>

<li> Several observations, including that Carl Soderberg is impressive and Claude Julien's aggressive bid to avoid shootouts is working so far. [<a href="">MetroWestDailyNews</a>]</li>

<li> For Zdeno Chara, the captaincy is more than simply an embroidered letter. And don't ever say the word "rookie" in his presence. [<a href="">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> Wouldn't the Bruins vs. the Blues be a great Stanley Cup Final? [<a href="">TheHockeyNews</a>]</li>


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


<li> Forbes has spoken. Here are the most valuable NHL franchises. ka-CHING! [<a href="">Forbes</a>]</li>

<li> CBC and Rogers have landed a 12-year contract for NHL english-language broadcast rights. No worries, HNIC is safe! [<a href="">SportsIllustrated</a>]</li>

<li> Former NHL players have filed a class-action lawsuit against the NHL over head injuries. [<a href="">TSN</a>]</li>

<li> Let's all cheer Martin St. Louis on playing his 1000th NHL game. And then chuckle at his celly. [<a href="">PuckDaddy</a>]</li>

<li> Steven Stamkos is walking (gingerly) and received a text from Zdeno Chara as well as a visit from Claude Julien. [<a href="">TheGlobeAndMail</a>]</li>

<li> A take on hockey culture, and "taking a number." [<a href="">BackhandShelf</a>]</li>

<li> How players carry themselves in front of opponents and spectators during a game is important. [<a href="">BackhandShelf</a>]</li>

<li> Catch up with the weekend action- The Blues are quietly advancing, and the Buffalo third jersey is NSFW..."not suitable for wearing!" [<a href="">Grantland</a>]</li>