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Fresh Links: The 800 Edition

Congratulations, and welcome back to NHL ice, Simon Gagne!

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Simon Gagne eludes Reilly Smith's brother
Simon Gagne eludes Reilly Smith's brother
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SB Nation 2014 NHL Preview

WINNER, WINNER, CHICKEN DINNER! Tonight, the Canadiens host the Bruins at the Bell Centre, 7:30 PM:

  • It was a special night for Simon Gagne, as he not only returned to NHL action for the first time in over a year, but celebrated his 800th career regular-season game. He earned time with the Bruins top line. [ESPN]
  • Seemingly rattled early this season, Boston benefited from Gagne's poise and experience. Dougie Hamilton has upped his size, and his game. [TheBostonGlobe]
  • The Patrice Bergeron / Brad Marchand / Reilly Smith line led the way. [NESN]
  • David Krejci 's return to form along with Chris Kelly 's kicking it up a gear also helped. [CausewayCrowd]
  • Enjoy this tidy GIF recap of last evening's action. []
  • What is it with the Red Wings and injuries to Bergeron? Also, the impending return of Gregory Campbell will mean big choices for the Bruins. [HockeyBuzz]
  • Poor assistant coach Doug Houda thought his hockey injury days were behind him... Get well soon, big guy! [SBNation]
  • Tuukka Rask adorned the cover of the Improper Bostonian, and even at the height of his game, he still finds motivation to improve. [Improper]
  • Ask six pressing questions facing the Bruins, and multiply the answers by two contributors. [Improper]
  • Smith was interviewed for Talk of the Town, and spoke about off-season conditioning, and playing with noted agitator MArchand. (With video, 5:44) [BostonHerald]
  • Tonight's game will be the Canadiens' home opener... Do spoil the party, won't you, Bruins? Here's a preview. [TheGlobeAndMail]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • To smirk at the Panthers' or Coyotes' financial struggles is laughing at the expense of fans. Don't be "that guy." [TopShelfPuck]
  • Take two, they're small... Chris Bourque joins his brother Ryan Bourque on the roster of the Hartford Wolf Pack, which marks the first time in the AHL that brothers have played concurrently on the same team. [TheAHL]
  • The Spokane Chiefs were loudly and angrily criticized by the fans for disrupting the national anthem. [TheHockeyNews]
  • The NHL was at the forefront of professional sports in addressing concussions, and yet concussions were at an all-time high last season. Time to step it up. [McGillDaily]
  • Rich Peverley has been placed on LTIR by the Stars. [@StarsInsideEdge]
  • The cult following for throwback jerseys (and their sales) driven by eBay has not gone unnoticed by NHL teams. [Fansided]
  • Carey Price is "a tossy, turny little guy" when he is sleeping. Find out how we know this. (Video, 0:44) [TheScore]
  • For those disappointed that Jarome Iginla was prevented from tuning up Dion Phaneuf, did you know that linesmen have no instruction to break up possible fights? (With video of incidents leading up to the glove-dropping, 2:16) [TheHockeyNews]
  • Time on ice affects player productivity- here's how. [TooManyMenOnTheSite]
  • On the lighter side of statistics, here are the ones you'll need for your beer league team. It all begins with the BCD... [TheHockeyMovement]
  • It was all fun when the Ottawa Senators took Canadian Tire money at par. Now those mean old Canadians are mocking the USA on their ten dollar notes! NO, REALLY. [LighthouseHockey]