January 5, 2013

Opening Faceoff: Saturday, Jan. 5

By Jesse Connolly

P.J. Stock spent 130 memorable games as a Bruin from 2001 to 2003. (Getty Images)

Good reads

  • Rocco Grimaldi scored a pair of goals to lead Team USA to victory in the gold-medal game against Sweden at the World Juniors.

  • Mediation will continue today in an effort to end the lockout you are surely very sick and tired of hearing, reading, thinking and talking about. ESPN has the story.

  • According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, veteran forward Andy McDonald said he’s confident a deal is within reach.

Quick hits

  • Despite a 45-save effort from Parker Milner, BC could only manage a point in a 3-3 tie with Yale. The Eagles are now 2-2-2 in their last six games. They started the year 10-1-0.

  • The Connecticut Whale blanked an opponent for the first time all season last night. Cam Talbot stopped all 25 shots he faced in a 3-0 win over the visiting Adirondack Phantoms.

History lesson

  • On this day in 2002, the greatest fight I’ve ever seen took place between P.J. Stock and Stephen Peat in a 7-4 win over the Capitals by the Bruins. The video will do all the talking:

Entirely off-topic

  • Jimmy Kimmel said what many of us have thought for a long time now: On top of being a royal backstabber, Jay Leno just isn’t that funny

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.