December 8, 2012

Opening Faceoff: Saturday, Dec. 8

By Jesse Connolly

Ron Hainsey (left) has been by Donald Fehr's side often during lockout talks. (Getty Images)

Good reads

It sure sucked getting duped into thinking the lockout was about to end, didn’t it? Ryan Lambert shares his thoughts on hockey fans falling for it.

Jets defenseman Ron Hainsey (Bolton, Conn.), one of the most prominent players in these negotiations, tries to sift through the latest wave of wreckage and figure out where this past week’s talks went wrong.

After coming out of nowhere to dispatch the defending champion Bruins and give the Rangers a good run in the second round during the 2012 playoffs, Capitals netminder Braden Holtby is taking his latest stint in the AHL in stride.

Quick hits

Torey Krug scored his first professional goal last night, burying the game-winner in the P-Bruins' 3-2 victory over the Monarchs.

Providence spoiled Jerry York’s (Watertown, Mass.) bid to become college hockey’s all-time winningest coach last night. The Friars overcame 2-0 and 3-1 deficits and buried the tying tally with 11 ticks left in regulation. After a scoreless overtime, the game ended in a 3-3 tie. York’s next chance to set the record won’t come for another three weeks when the Eagles take on Alabama-Huntsville.

History lesson

On this day in 1931, a 3-2 loss to the NY Americans snapped a 19-0-5 home unbeaten streak for the Bruins that dated back to Dec. 2, 1930.

Entirely off-topic

Korean sensation Psy, who’s risen to unexpected fame thanks to his song, “Gangnam Style,” is still slated to perform at the “Christmas in Washington” show after recently apologizing for a few anti-American performances he did earlier in the decade. 

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