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Fresh Links: Uneven Edition

Last night's game was certainly entertaining, including two Bruins goals in under a minute.

The Matrix works his magic (David Krejci)
The Matrix works his magic (David Krejci)
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<p><b> The Isles dropped the Bruins last night in preseason action. In Bruins news you can use: </b></p>

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<li> Here's a synopsis of the game, with GIFs. [<a href="http://nesn.com/2014/09/bruins-islanders-live-torey-krug-reilly-smith-not-in-lineup/">NESN</a>]</li>

<li> Here are three things that stood out in the game, for better or worse. [<a href="http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/bruins/extras/bruins_blog/2014/09/3_takeaways_from_the_bruins_5-3_loss_to_the_islanders_1.html">Boston.com</a>]</li>

<li> "Getting the kinks out" last night was mostly racking up penalties and swapping off scoring runs. [<a href="http://causewaycrowd.com/2014/10/01/boston-bruins-takeaway-bs-5-3-loss-islanders/">CausewayCrowd</a>]</li>

<li> With the return of Torey Krug, the power play should perk up. [<a href="http://www.weei.com/sports/boston/hockey/bruins/dj-bean/2014/10/01/bruins-hope-power-play-overcomes-offseason-losses">WEEI</a>]</li>

<li> Speaking of Krug, compare and contrast his contract negotiation with Ryan Johansen 's. Leverage is power. [<a href="http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/ryan-johansen-vs-torey-krug-a-study-in-contract-leverage/">TheHockeyNews</a>]</li>

<li> That same power play is now the project of Joe Sacco and Doug Jarvis.  David Pastrnak may see game action this weekend. Anthony Camara is still M.I.A. [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/09/30/joe-sacco-and-doug-jarvis-have-bruins-plugged-power-play/PYejPAyX72nWdPOCf8FoWN/story.html">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> One bright spot for this season is the reunion of the very effective Patrice Bergeron line. Bonus: Bergeron spoke about why winning the EA NHL 14 cover was especially nice. [<a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=730217">NHL</a>]</li>

<li> Since the roster still up in the air, other lines are unsettled. The first look at the David Krejci / Milan Lucic / Loui Eriksson line hints that it may take time to gel. [<a href="http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/09/30/search-for-best-line-combinations-drawing-bruins-patience/lljZfbfI4zF5u5A1WKmp5K/story.html">TheBostonGlobe</a>]</li>

<li> Matt Bartkowski had himself a night, Jeremy Smith... not so much. Claude Julien applauded the league's efforts to quell diving. [<a href="http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/bruins_nhl/boston_bruins/2014/09/bruins_notebook_matt_bartkowski_makes_case_during_loss">BostonHerald</a>]</li>

<li> Chris Kelly has struggled recently with injury and may be "a piñata for Bruins fans," but a closer look shows why he is still valued by Bruins management. [<a href="http://www.seacoastonline.com/article/20141001/SPORTS/141009947/101161/SPORTS">SeasoastOnline</a>]</li>

<li> This Bruins season preview dangles the possibility of a second Vezina Trophy for Tuukka Rask and names Krejci as the one to watch for the Bruins. [<a href="http://www.si.com/nhl/2014/09/30/atlantic-division-2014-15-preview-boston-bruins">SportsIllustrated</a>]</li>

<li> And the Bruins will end up atop the Eastern Conference. Book it! [<a href="http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/thns-2014-15-nhl-season-preview-boston-bruins/#more-22861">TheHockeyNews</a>]</li>

<li> Everyone's favorite CSNNE Bruins beat guy was the featured guest on the September 30th Markek vs. Wyshynski podcast, talking all things Bruins. (starting at the 18:45 mark, Audio, 1:10:32) [<a href="http://pmd.fan590.com/podcasts/marek_wyshynski/mw_20140930_151716--September-30th-Edition-of-Marek-vs.-Wyshynski.mp3">Fan590</a>]</li>

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

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<li> Here's all the help you need picking an Eastern Conference team to root for. You're welcome. [<a href="http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/icebreakers-how-to-pick-an-eastern-conference-team/">Sportsnet</a>]</li>

<li> In this anaylsis of NHL teams rosters and prospects, the Bruins look good now, but may morph into the Canucks- here's why. [<a href="http://toomanymenonthesite.com/2014/09/29/hardest-nhl-lineups-crack/?utm_source=FanSided&utm_medium=Network&utm_campaign=Around%20the%20Network">TooManyMenOnTheSite</a>]</li>

<li> And it is time for Thirty Thoughts. Daniel Alfredsson has earned, and is receiving, flexibility from the Red Wings. John Tavares ' number was retired by the Oshawa Generals. [<a href="http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/30-thoughts-making-sense-of-the-tkachev-mess/">Sportsnet</a>]</li>

<li> It may not exactly be news, but here is one take on which NHL teams will likely be circling the drain this season. [<a href="http://grantland.com/the-triangle/2014-15-nhl-preview-the-bottom-feeders/">Grantland</a>]</li>

<li> EA NHL 15 has spoken. The cup goes to the Kings in six games over the Bruins. [<a href="http://www.tsn.ca/ea-simulation-predicts-kings-to-repeat-as-cup-winners-1.96098">TSN</a>]</li>

<li> This snarky take on the Maple Leafs' projected underperformance this season is best summed up by the clever illustration. [<a href="http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/breaking-down-sns-hockey-predictions/">Sportsnet</a>]</li>

<li> Godspeed to the reportedly oldest surviving NHL player, former Blackhawk Albert W. Suomi. [<a href="http://www.hjfunerals.com/obituaries/2014/09/25/albert-w-suomi/">Reddit,Hallowell&JamesFuneralHome</a>]</li>

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