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Fresh Links: Sideshow Edition

Boy, I really enjoyed the opening show, the Canadian anthem, and Patrice Bergeron. Ayuh.

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We'll always have Patrice
We'll always have Patrice
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The Canadiens lured us in with an entertaining opening show, and then dropped the Bruins last night at the Centre Bell.

  • If you missed it, here's that riveting opening spectacle. [MassLive]
  • There was also a very nice back story on their anthem singer, Mme. Ginette Reno. "O, Canada" always gives me chills, and she simply nailed it. [PuckDaddy]
  • And who is not thrilled at the HNIC opening montages, this one to Leonard Cohen's "Dance Me to the End of Love." [StanleyCupOfChowder]
  • As for the Habs, they seen their opportunities, and they took 'em. Served up on a silver platter. [WEEI]
  • The first penalty was on P.K. Subban! What the heck happened? Where are the Bruins? [TheBostonGlobe]
  • It was almost as if Habs were switched for Bruins, but can they keep it up? [TheStar]
  • Some think the final penalty should have been on Subban as well. [NESN]
  • Or maybe "These are (Subban's) playoffs, we just get to watch." [TheGlobeAndMail]
  • Missed opportunity for a penalty shot or no, "it's about bearing down and starting a lot earlier to make it a game." [BostonHerald]
  • And Milan Lucic still does not like Alexei Emelin much. [Sportsnet]
  • Don't even THINK of blaming the Maroon Line. (Unless you're Days of Y'Orr, see below.) []
  • Feeling a little down after a disappointing loss? I know these folks always cheer me up. (Very probably *NSFW*) [DaysOfY'Orr]
  • Joe Haggerty posted the final word in a sleepy blur in the wee, wee hours of this morning. [CSNNE] and the Twitterverse howled. [@PeteBlackburn] Then Deadspin got hold of it. [Deadspin]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Marc-Andre Fleury is not too big a star to thank his friend. [Grantland]
  • Elliotte Friedman offers his thirty thoughts. [CBCSports]
  • Although he, himself is not in the Hockey Hall of Fame, his well-worn sweater is, and here's why. [TheColorOfHockey]
  • A gallery of injured game faces, players and officials both, that demonstrate the price paid on ice sometimes. (Not for the fainthearted, likely *NSFW*) [SportsIllustrated]
  • Former goalies are at a premium, apparently. Now Ron Hextall has been named the Flyers' GM. [PuckDaddy]
  • Shhhh! Five great ways to cheat at hockey. [TheScore]
  • Take a look at this explanation of how face-offs and zone starts color a player's Corsi. [BoysOnTheBus]
  • Is it curtains for "dump and chase?" [TheScore]