November 8, 2012

Opening Faceoff: Thursday, Nov. 8

By Jesse Connolly

Bruins center Patrice Bergeron and Montreal forward Scott Gomez tie each other up. (Getty Images)

Good reads

  • After a dozen hours of negotiations over the last two days, the NHL and NHLPA will be back at the bargaining table this afternoon. Here’s the latest from TSN.

  • After joining the team strictly during training camp, The Score has reported that Canadiens forward Scott Gomez will be returning to his home state of Alaska to see game action for the ECHL’s Aces.

  • The AHL suspended Rockford’s Andrew Shaw six games yesterday, as the IceHogs center left the bench to protect a teammate getting pummeled by Lake Erie’s Patrick Bordeleau. Puck Daddy weighs in.

  • NHL players know they’ll never make up for the wages they’ve lost to the lockout thus far. The league’s sponsors, however, are hoping to be compensated for their lost profits alleged to have stemmed from hockey’s work stoppage. Bruce Dowbiggin of The Globe and Mail has the story.

Quick hits

  • Two of New England’s AHL teams were in action yesterday. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers defeated Norfolk by a score of 4-2. Brock Nelson had the game-winning goal, an assist and a plus-3 rating.

  • The Monarchs also potted four pucks and earned a victory, as Manchester topped St. John’s by a score of 4-1. Brandon Kozun tallied twice for the Monarchs had now has ten points through nine games.

  • In case you missed it, the Boston Bruins Foundation is raffling off a chance to have lunch with B’s legend and team president Cam Neely. The winner also gets to attend Comics Come Home on Nov. 17 along with three guests. Tickets can be purchased here. The drawing ends Nov. 15 at 5:00 p.m.

History lesson

  • On this day in 1998, Jason Allison (1 goal, 3 assists) and Dimitri Khristich (2 goals, 3 assists) combined for nine points to lead the Bruins to a 5-2 win over the Hurricanes. Arturs Irbe allowed all five goals for Carolina. Byron Dafoe stopped 29-of-31 for Boston. The two would go on to meet in the first round of the playoffs that season, with the Bruins winning the series in six games.

Today on NEHJ

  • We’ll have Allen Lessels’ latest Atlantic Hockey Journal for you, which features a story on Carson Chubak and the Niagara Purple Eagles’ fantastic performances in a sweep of UConn this past weekend.

Entirely off-topic

  • With the latest Bond flick, Skyfall, hitting theaters today, Rotten Tomatoes has put together a list of star Daniel Craig’s ten highest rated movies. No. 3, Road to Perdition, is my personal favorite of the bunch.

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