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Unlucky Seven

Brace yourselves for seven more years of the Bettman

Patrice Bergeron celebrates with Ben Bishop and Steven Stamkos
Patrice Bergeron celebrates with Ben Bishop and Steven Stamkos
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The Bruins return to action tomorrow evening, hosting the Maple Leafs at 7:00PM.

  • At mid-season, Cam Neely is well aware of what lies ahead for the Bruins, and acknowledges consistency as an issue, especially at home.[BostonHerald]

  • Patrice Bergeron embodies what his peers look to as an example of what a player should be. For one NHL scout, he was the one that got away.[ScoutingPost]

  • Bergeron's game is noted for one skill that is usually frowned on at the All-Star Game...[BruinsDaily]

  • Plenty of fun was had, Bergeron participated in in the Accuracy Shooting Challenge, and Brent Burns and P.K. Subban clowned around a bit. (With video)[Bruins,NHL]

  • Despite some reservations about it, the new 3-on-3 format produced some energetic, entertaining play. The players seemed to enjoy it.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Assessing Zdeno Chara: His performance has dropped from the lofty heights to the now merely good. The change happened at one watershed point last season.[WEEI]

  • Chara's record for the hardest shot still stands, but Shea Weber remains a threat.[BruinsDaily]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • King for a day... it was nice to share the All-Star Game with the unlikely player who was key to making it all a rousing success.[TheStar]

  • The All-Star Game was nothing if not entertaining. Is that so bad?[NationalPost]

  • If you missed it, here's the game recap with GIFs.[WingingItInMotown]

  • Seven more years of the Bettman. Did someone break a mirror or something?[StLouisGameTime]

  • Have you seen That Guy? The one yelling "Shoot! SHOOT!" during a game? Andrew Ference would like a word with him. (With video)[CBC]

  • Ponder a few trade rumors from around the NHL, then consider the sources.[SpektorsHockey]

  • Wise words from a wealth advisor for NHLers and others who find themselves with big money coming in for only a limited career.[TheHockeyNews]

  • Of the NHL teams that did not make last year's playoffs, six are still at better than even odds to play in the postseason this year.[TheHockeyNews]