December 14, 2012

Opening Faceoff: Friday, Dec. 14

By Jesse Connolly

They think this was a big comeback? Haha, stupid Boston fans. We'll show them in the playoffs. (Getty Images)

Good reads

  • From USA Today: President Obama is urging the NHL and the players’ association to “do right by your fans.”

  • From Cam Atkinson (Greenwich, Conn.) to Tim Erixon and beyond, the Springfield Falcons have greatly benefitted from having NHL talent on their roster during the lockout. Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch has the story.

  • Cool story from the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater, who caught up with a few former Avs that said the shortened 1994-95 season was fun.

Quick hits

  • Not a single Atlantic Hockey, ECAC or Hockey East team is in action tonight.

  • Tonight’s tilt between the Monarchs and Pirates should be an interesting affair. Portland (26 points) has won three out of four to move up to eighth in the Eastern Conference. With a win, however, Manchester can leapfrog them and jump back into a playoff spot.

History lesson

  • On this day in 2009, the Bruins took a 1-0 lead into the third period against Philadelphia, thanks to a Vlad Sobotka goal in the first. The Flyers quickly knotted things up on a strike from James van Riemsdyk. Kimmo Timonen buried what proved to be the game-winner at the 10:48 mark and added an empty-net shortly with 41 ticks left. Brian Boucher (Woonsocket, R.I.) stopped 26-of-27 for Philly.

Today on NEHJ

  • I’ll keep this short: If you like college hockey, come back here often throughout the day.

Entirely off-topic

  • Hugh Jackman got a Hollywood Walk of Fame star yesterday. The dude rocks as Wolverine, but it’s obvious whoever decides which celebrities receive this honor has never seen Van Helsing, a movie that could best be described as a heaping helping of cheeseball garbage.  

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