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Did Milan Lucic have a hand in the Canadian victory at worlds, or did Brad Marchand simply have his hands in lucky Lucic gloves?

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Brad Marchand skates away with a gold medal (and new friend Brendan Gallagher)
Brad Marchand skates away with a gold medal (and new friend Brendan Gallagher)
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Something old, something new, something borrowed...

  • Long Read: The life of an NHL rental player involves adapting successfully- new systems, new residences, new teammates. Unfortunately, John-Michael Liles and Lee Stempniak arrived in Boston at an inopportune time. Other NHL teams had mixed success with late acquisitions, as detailed here.[TheBostonGlobe]

  • Tuukka Rask is going to hear it from Brad Marchand , no doubt, as it was Canada over Finland at IIHF Worlds. The win marked two consecutive years of IIHF gold for the Canadians.[TheGlobeAndMail]

  • But wait- was it a secret loan from Milan Lucic that put Marchand and Canada over the top?[WeekendAtBergys]

  • Frank Vatrano WAS the offense for Team USA along with former Bruin David Warsofsky , but even they were not enough to win the game against Team Russia for bronze.[NHL]

  • Let's pigpile on unhappy Bruins fans, and dredge up that Joe Thornton trade again, hindsight being 20-20 and all...[BostonHerald]

  • Which is better for a goaltending prospect- playing big minutes in the AHL or curated minutes in the NHL? Malcolm Subban feels he is ready to make the jump.[TheHockeyNews]

  • Dallas is making noise that they'd like to have Loui Eriksson back... or maybe even snap up former Bruin Milan Lucic. Would they play spoiler to snatch eventual Bruin Keith Yandle from under the Bruins' noses? Cheeky![DallasNews]

  • Give a listen as Kirk Luedeke addresses the Memorial Cup competition, Bruins prospects Jeremy Lauzon and Jake DeBrusk , and the upcoming 2016 NHL Draft for good measure. (Audio, 31:05)[ScoutingPost]

  • Jake DeBrusk and the Red Deer Rebels are looking to overcome history- only once have the host team won the Memorial Cup in the past eight years![GlobalNews]

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Meet broadcaster Juhani Tamminen, former captain of Finnish national teams and also now "the Finnish Don Cherry." A designer helps him with the inspiration and execution of his costumes. (with video, of course)[TorontoSun]

  • In a question that must be in the Bruins' minds... which is better for a goaltending prospect- playing big minutes in the AHL or curated minutes in the NHL?[TheHockeyNews]

  • An attempted kidnapping in a Montreal park was foiled by bystanders, including Georges Laraque. [Sportsnet]

  • Briefly a Bruin, Corey Potter now joins Max Reinhart as a shark... well, as a member of the DEL Kölner Haie.(Google translation)[Express]

  • Game 5 is the game that statistically tends to indicate a series' outcome.[TheScore]

  • Everyone loves Marc-Andre Fleury , but the Penguins are in a tough bind deciding which goalie should backstop their now do-or-die game 6. The Lightning are justthisclose to moving into the final. (With plenty of video)[Sportsnet]

  • Saturday night was alright for the Blues , who charged into an early lead and were able to tie up their series against the Sharks .[SportsIllustrated]