November 5, 2012

Opening Faceoff: Monday, Nov. 5

By Jesse Connolly

Adam Oates will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Nov. 12. (Getty Images)

Good reads

  • Great stuff from ESPN’s Scott Burnside on former Bruin Adam Oates, who reflects on his 19-year NHL career and talks about his looming induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame.  

  • A number of prominent NHL players will be taking part in an exhibition game dubbed the First Assist Charity Classic up in Cornwall, Ontario today.

  • The Toronto Star’s Damien Cox is none too surprised that it took the calendar turning to November for negotiations to get serious between the NHL and NHLPA.

  • Joe Mullen, who was briefly a Bruin in the mid ‘90s, talks about a trying experience he went through growing up that’s made it easy to relate to those dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  

Quick hits

  • The NHL and NHLPA are set to meet again on Tuesday. The Players’ Association is expected to have an internal conference call on Monday.

  • After suffering their first loss of the season (an overtime setback against UMass), UNH got a 42-save performance out of Casey DeSmith on Sunday, bouncing back with a 4-0 win over Maine. The Black Bears slipped to 1-8-0 overall on the season with the loss.

History lesson

  • Seven years ago today, Jiri Slegr had his best game as a Bruin. The turtleneck-sporting defenseman scored two power play goals in the span of just 35 seconds, leading the Bruins to a 6-3 win over the Penguins. Mark Recchi tallied twice for Pittsburgh. The game marked the third time the two teams had met already that season. Boston scored 19 goals in those three tilts and went on to sweep the four-game, season series.

Today on NEHJ

  • Stay tuned, as I’ll have this week’s AHL Journal up later this afternoon.

Entirely off-topic

  • The Lakers finally notched their first win of the season to improve to 1-3, but this scribe’s all-time favorite NBA player, Steve Nash, who joined L.A. along with Dwight Howard this offseason, could be out for a month with a small fracture in his leg. Glad I can put off being forced to root for a team with Kobe Bryant on it for at least another four weeks.

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