May 20, 2013

Opening Faceoff: Monday, May 20

By Jesse Connolly

Johnny Boychuk already has three goals during the 2013 playoffs. (Getty Images)

Good reads

Have no fear, writes Steve Buckley, because Torey Krug is here!

After leading Yale to their first-ever Frozen Four championship, Andrew Miller has been named the recipient of the 2013 William Neely Mallory Award.

Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk is playing a big role at both ends of the ice in the postseason, writes Comcast’s Joe Haggerty.

Quick hits

Daniel Alfredsson, Dustin Brown and Jonathan Toews were named the three finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award. Bruins captain Zdeno Chara won the award for the 2010-11 season.

Speaking of Alfredsson, he scored a game-tying shorthanded goal in the final minute of Game 3 and Colin Greening buried the game-winner in the second overtime period for Ottawa, cutting Pittsburgh’s series lead to two games to one.

After taking a 3-0 series lead, the Providence Bruins have lost two straight. They’ll look to close out Wilkes-Barre tonight.

History lesson

Happy birthday, Bob Beers. The former Bruin and current color analyst for 98.5 The Sports Hub’s B’s broadcasts turns 46 today.

Today on NEHJ

We’ll have this month’s edition of HockeyTown, with Mike Zhe profiling the hockey history and passion of Wilmington, Massachusetts.

Entirely off-topic

I present to you one of the finest moments from easily one of the top five episodes in the history of Mad Men, which aired last night on AMC. Ladies and gentlemen, Ken Cosgrove, tap-dancer extraordinaire:

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