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Breaking The Ice

The Bruins youngsters have finally gotten to strut their stuff in preseason action

Columbus Blue Jackets v Boston Bruins (Jimmy Hayes, Austin Czarnik celebrate a goal)
That’s the ticket! (Jimmy Hayes, Austin Czarnik celebrate a goal)
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In Bruins news:

  • Finally! Bruins hockey! Don’t read too much into a 3-2 shootout loss to the Blue Jackets, though. The Boston Globe
  • There were a number of bright spots, including the play of Danton Heinen and Brandon Carlo. One goal would likely have been overturned on review. (With link) WEEI
  • The Bruins’ new focus on an uptempo game was observed, showcasing a number of the younger players vying for roster spots. Hockeybuzz
  • Bard Marchand signed a very friendly deal, and the justifiable hype for Heinen and Carlo was demonstrated last night. Scouting Post
  • Sticktaps to Don Sweeney for getting the Marchand deal done, he’s been maligned at times, so turnabout is fair play. Masslive
  • Counterpoint: Don’t get cocky, Don! Your track record is uneven so far. Boston Herald
  • Debating the Marchand contract- is it too long? Too dangerous? Hockeybuzz
  • Did you catch the first episode of this season’s Behind the B? Watch it now! Meet the heir to John Whitesides, the aptly named Paul Whissel. Matt Beleskey samples David Pastrnak’s namesake soft drink in China (“Very sweet, kinda like Pasta’s hands...smooth, sweet...”) and has some ink done. Watch a bit of Rookie Camp and meet the heir to John Whitesides, the aptly named Paul Whissel. (Video, 43:39) Bruins NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • The Team Europe vs. Team Canada final will play out as advertised... or will it? Vice Sports
  • One interesting World Cup duel will be between the pipes and between former teammates Carey Price and Jaroslav Halak. National Post
  • But the REAL story has been the Ref Cam technology. National Post
  • Post Mortem, cont’d... Team USA was doomed by its own composition and ethos. Habs Eyes On The Prize
  • As for the Oilers’ new mascot... eeeeeeek and eeeeeeew. Fear The Fin