November 14, 2012

Opening Faceoff: Wednesday, Nov. 14

By Jesse Connolly

Bill Guerin (center) and the Penguins dealt the Bruins a crushing defeat on Nov. 14, 2009. (Getty Images)

Great reads

  • Five bucks says this will be the most interesting thing you read today: Harrison Mooney explains how a Bruins game wiped out by the lockout wound up kicking Mitt Romney’s Election Day plans in the junk.

  • TSN contemplates who the Hockey Hall of Fame will welcome in 2013. Plenty of the names they’ve tossed out there have New England ties.

  • After banning the singing of the national anthem prior to games, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League has had a change of heart.

  • David Shoalts of The Globe and Mail details how charities are feeling the pinch of the NHL lockout.

Quick hits

  • The AJHL announced its Players of the Week yesterday. Gene Lane (Plymouth, Mass.) of the Connecticut Wolfpack earned Goaltender of the Week honors.

  • Freshman Cam Darcy (South Boston, Mass.) has decided to leave Northeastern and return to the USHL. He had no goals and two assists in nine games for the Huskies.

History lesson

  • Remember that time Tim Thomas allegedly punched a wall and missed two weeks after hurting his hand? If that’s true, it happened three years ago today in Pittsburgh. Marco Sturm had given the B’s a 5-4 lead with less than three minutes to go in regulation, but Bill Guerin knotted things up with 0.4 seconds left, setting up a – if I remember correctly – really sloppy OT tally by Pascal Dupuis that gave the Pens the 6-5 win.

Entirely off-topic

  • CBS is working on a TV pilot based on the movie Beverly Hills Cop. Living up to the high level of comedy will be hard. Topping the original theme song will be impossible.  

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