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Fresh Links: Cheering Malcom Subban, Goodbye Boston Garden

Revisit the old Boston Garden on the anniversary of its last hurrah in 1996

NHL: Chicago Blackhawks at Boston Bruins
It was nice to cheer for you, Malcolm Subban
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What a pleasant surprise- a three-goal lead in the first period leading to a 4-2 win against the Blackhawks! Get ready for the Flyers to host the Bruins on Thurday evening at 7:00PM on TCN-PH.

  • Malcolm Subban battled. Ryan Spooner competed effectively. Anders Bjork was everywhere the puck was. Rob O’Gara got his licks in. It was a wonderful night. Rinkside Rhode Island
  • Cheers, not jeers, rang out for Subban, and his performance once again led to questions. CBS Boston
  • Rest and putting on weight might seem counterintuitive, but they were key to Austin Czarnik ’s summer. Patriot Ledger
  • Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand with Bjork were the starring line for the Bruins. An ailing Zdeno Chara was unable to go as planned- stay tuned. Hockeybuzz
  • Countdown to Bruins day- roster cuts are continuing, and we’re starting to see hints of the line combinations. Matt Beleskey arrived in Boston lighter and fitter, and is also on notice. Bruins Daily
  • Seventy years of hockey... then it was goodbye to the Boston Garden, closed on this date in 1996. Take a look back at the last hurrah of the Bruins’ old barn. (Video, 1:36) NHL
  • This video of the history of the Garden won the 1997 Emmy- Banner Years: The Official History of the Boston Garden. Lions, and tigers, and bears- oh, my! (Video, 1:21:15) YouTube
  • Revisit the trade for Phil Esposito that made the Bruins a powerhouse, despite the Blackhawks’ opinion that they’d gotten the best of the deal. The Hockey Writers
  • Lend your ears to the Black N’ Gold hockey podcast, featuring our very own Colin Beswick. Host Mark Allred and Colin address who DIDN’T stand out at camp, cheer the David Pastrnak contract, offer kind words for Bjork, Zane McIntyre, Jack Studnicka, Jake DeBrusk, Cedric Pare, Jakub Zboril, and another note that cerebral Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson needs to trust his instincts. Colin leads off at about the 2:40 mark. (Audio, 1:14:55) Black N’ Gold Hockey Blog
  • Here are the cases for and against the Bruins making the playoffs. ESPN

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Poor Sidney Crosby is back on concussion watch. NO, REALLY! The Beaverton
  • Well, that’s ONE way to spin the Winter Olympic Games minus all the NHL pros and prospects... Los Angeles Times
  • It doesn’t look like we’ll be seeing those much ballyhooed goalie equipment changes in the NHL until next season. Puck Daddy