May 26, 2013

Opening Faceoff: Sunday, May 26

By Jesse Connolly

Former Bruins winger P.J. Stock celebrates his 38th birthday today. (Getty Images)

Today on NEHJ

The Bruins finished off the Rangers and are heading to the conference finals. Check out Jesse Connolly’s recap of the series-clinching win in Game 5.

Good reads’s Shawn Roarke and Dan Rosen have an awesomely comprehensive preview of the Eastern Conference finals between the B’s and Pens.

The Boston Globe’s Chad Finn rightly states it’s probably time we stop talking about the Bruins’ 2010 collapse against Philadelphia.

Red Gendron is expected to be named the new head coach at the University of Maine. Jeff Cox of the Western College Hockey blog names four reasons why he’ll succeed in Orono.

Quick hits

Torey Krug became the first defenseman in NHL history to score four goals in his first five playoff games.

The Bruins and Penguins last met in the playoffs in 1992, when Pittsburgh swept Boston in the conference finals.

History lesson

Happy birthday to Bruins legend P.J. Stock. While his tenure in town (130 games) may have been short, the courageous, undersized forward endeared himself to fans in the early 2000s, fighting foes seemingly twice his size and regularly skating away, arms raised, as the victor. Stock turns 38 today.

Entirely off-topic

Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa says he’s returning his winner’s medal to honor the city of Boston and those killed.

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