January 3, 2013

Opening Faceoff: Thursday, Jan. 3

By  Jesse Connolly

Do you really need me to identify this guy at this point? (Getty Images)

Good reads

  • New York Hockey Journal's Christian Arnold was down in NYC again and has the latest on talks between the NHL and NHLPA.

  • Teemu Selanne thinks the lockout will end next Monday, writes Yahoo's Greg Wyshynski.

  • Malcolm Subban and Canada fell by a score of 5-1 to the United States, as the Americans moved on to the gold medal game at the World Juniors. Global Edmonton has the story. 

Quick hits

  • Mark Visentin stopped 48 of 49 (!), backstopping the Pirates to a 2-1 victory over the visiting P-Bruins. Jordan Szwarz had a goal and an assist for Portand. Ryan Spooner had Providence's lone tally.

  • Keith Aucoin (Chelmsford, Mass.) had two goals and an assist to help the Marlies spank the Bulldogs 6-0. He now leads Toronto with 35 points through 31 games.

History lesson

  • Happy 67th birthday to Mike Walton, who helped the Bruins capture the Stanley Cup in 1972 after doing so with the Leafs in '67. The Ontario native scored 60 goals and added 57 assists in 168 games over two stints as a Bruin.

Entirely off-topic

  • Not a whole lot interesting going on in the world today, so here's one of my favorite Borat segments from Da Ali G Show

Jesse Connolly can be reached at jconnolly@hockeyjournal.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseNEHJ.