December 15, 2012

Opening Faceoff: Saturday, Dec. 15

By Jesse Connolly

Marco Sturm had six points in his first six games with the Bruins. (Getty Images)

Good reads

  • The NHLPA discussed some sort of vote to go to court to say the lockout was illegal. “Oh, I don’t think so!” the NHL said, filing a class action complaint. The AP’s Ira Podell explains this mess.

  • Bangor High hockey coach Denis Collins is on leave during an investigation for a bus incident. What allegedly happened? According to the Bangor Daily News, the coach told his players there’d be no bathroom stops to and fro their destination.

  • Before returning home for the holidays, coach Rick Bennett (Springfield, Mass.) and the Union men’s hockey team will head to New York City’s Lasker Rink to host a clinic with Ice Hockey In Harlem

  • Habs defenseman P.K. Subban is guaranteeing there will be a 2012-13 season for the National Hockey League.

Quick hits

  • Jamie Tardif completed a hat trick with an empty-netter last night down at the Dunk, leading the P-Bruins to a 6-3 victory over Springfield. He now has 13 goals through 23 games.

  • After starting the season without a tally in his first eight games, Bobby Butler (Marlborough, Mass.) has found the back of the net nine times in the last 13 games for Albany. The former UNH star followed up a four-goal game against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Dec. 12 with another goal last night in a 4-3 win over the Whale, extending his point streak to five games.

History lesson

  • On this day in 2005, then-former Bruin Brian Rolston had a goal and an assist for the Minnesota Wild, but recently-acquired winger Marco Sturm broke a 2-2 tie with 8:58 to play. His fourth goal in six games as a Bruin proved to be the game-winner. Andrew Raycroft stopped 29-of-31 in the victory, while Manny Fernandez stopped 25-of-28 down the other end.

Entirely off-topic

  • After winning the Cy Young with the Mets this past season, R.A. Dickey may be on the move to the AL East.  

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