November 10, 2012

Opening Faceoff: Saturday, Nov. 10

By Jesse Connolly

Nov. 10, 2001 was a pretty crappy day for Sergei Samsonov and the Bruins. (Getty Images)

Good reads

  • Michael Grange talks about the lack of trust and the lack of progress in negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA, as Friday’s talks gave anyone feeling optimistic about the lockout ending a swift kick to the head.

  • James Sheppard, who missed the entire 2010-11 season after injuring his knee in an ATV accident, has found a home with the Worcester Sharks. The AHL’s Matt Metcalf has the story.

  • Want to get caught up on all the latest action in the AJHL? Nick Licalzi has all the highlights from the past week in the latest edition of “Cruisin’ the Atlantic.”

  • In a battle between the River Hawks and Black Bears, with the latter attempting to leapfrog the former and escape the basement in Hockey East, it was UMass-Lowell that emerged the victor on Friday night at the Tsongas Center.

Quick hits

  • BC defeated Notre Dame by a score of 3-1 on Friday, while UMass sophomore Kevin Boyle stopped all 17 shots he faced to earn his first career shutout in a 4-0 win over Providence College.

  • In AHL action, Tim Erixon scored each of Springfield’s two goals in a 2-0 win over the Whale. Chris Bourque finally buried his first of the year for Providence and tallied again in the shootout, leading the P-Bruins to a 2-1 win over Albany.

History lesson

  • On this day in 2001, the Blue Jackets came to Boston and spanked the Bruins by a score of 5-1. Sergei Samsonov buried the B’s lone goal on the power play, but the Russian winger was on the ice for each of Columbus’ tallies and finished the night with a minus-5 rating.

Entirely off-topic

  • Wondering why Scott Brown lost his senate seat to Elizabeth Warren? WBUR’s Todd Domke examines the situation from every angle and also believes it might not be long before Brown reclaims a prominent political role in Massachusetts. 

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