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Fresh Links: Perseverance

Jaroslav Halak shutout the Hurricanes to celebrate his 500th NHL game, while David Krejci scored his 200th career NHL goal in the win.

NHL: DEC 03 Hurricanes at Bruins
There was one nervous moment when a net malfunction put Jaroslav Halak’s shutout in doubt.
Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Hurricanes breezed on out of Boston without even a goal, and the Bruins now have an eight game winning streak. Next up? The Blackhawks on Thursday.

  • The game was not a snoozer, despite the lack of scoring. Bruce Cassidy credited conditioning and will in the victory. Boston Herald
  • The game opened up for the Bruins in the waning minutes of the third period. An odd sequence in the final 2:08 of the second period resulted in one of the only happy video reviews of a goal the Bruins have had all season. Boston Globe
  • The called back goal was remarkable- and entertaining. Sporting News
  • Three bullet points from the game include sticktaps to Charlie Coyle, who notched the game winning goal.
  • How do you like the Charlie Coyle for Ryan Donato trade now? Last Word on Hockey
  • Bruce Cassidy activated the line blender last night- it pays to have options. NESN
  • Coyle’s linemate Danton Heinen was key to the turnover that ended up in Carolina’s net. HockeyBuzz
  • Jaroslav Halak has proven to be a value added backup. WEEI
  • Nevermind his appearances in Canadiens, Blues and Capitals sweaters- Halak is on the right side of all rivalries now. The Bruins congratulated him on his milestone last night. (Video, 0:51) @NHLBruins
  • The nineteenth Bruin to reach the 200 NHL goal mark (and all in a Bruins uniform), David Krejci was modest in his assessment of his own landmark. NESN
  • It has been since last June that we’ve seen John Moore in action. he’s learned a lot about perseverance, and has appreciated the support of his teammates. Bonus- progress reports on Patrice Bergeron and Brett Ritchie. Providence Journal
  • Who’s number one? David Pastrnak! Boston Globe
  • Who’s number one (part deux)? The Bruins- with a (now eight game) win streak and a game in hand on the Capitals. Boston Herald

NHL Standings:

  • Yada yada yada. THE BRUINS ARE NUMBER ONE in the Atlantic Division NHL, the Eastern Conference NHL, and the NHL overall. (Standings have been pretty sticky, but links are NOT STATIC) NHL
  • An embarassment of riches? David Pastrnak is far and away number one as the NHL’s top goal scorer- he and Brad Marchand are still solidly among the Offensive Leaders, the latter in every category. Marchand leads in plus/minus, joining David Krejci, Zdeno Chara, and now even Pastrnak. On the netminding side, Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak are the cream of the crop and also within spitting distance of each other in every category but wins. (Links are NOT STATIC) NHL

Elsewhere around the rink:

  • Is it too early to call projections for the Selke, Hart, Rocket Richard, and Jack Adams awards? Not if you’re a Bruins fan. ESPN
  • Three events are signalling a shift in the way the NHL intends to do business going forward. New York Times
  • In a near perfect storm of villainy, Evander Kane was ejected following an incident involving Radko Gudas. Will the Department of Player Safety weigh in? ESPN