November 13, 2012

Opening Faceoff: Tuesday, Nov. 13

By Jesse Connolly

Mark Recchi had to endure two lockouts during his lengthy NHL career. (Getty Images)

Good reads

  • Former Bruin Mark Recchi tells the Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont it’s time for the players to strike a deal and get back to work.

  • Brett Hull thinks Alex Ovechkin will be the “happiest kid on the planet” with former Bruin and recent Hall of Fame inductee Adam Oates behind the Capitals’ bench.

  • Speaking of the Hall of Fame, here’s a good, comprehensive piece on the four newest members, as Oates, Joe Sakic, Mats Sundin and Pavel Bure were officially enshrined last night.

  • How good has Curtis McElhinney been for the Springfield Falcons this season? He’s the No. 1 reason his team owns the best record in the AHL and is closing in on setting a new team record for shutouts in a single season with, like, 70 games still left to play.

Today on NEHJ

  • Be sure to check out Mike Zhe’s latest Division 3 Journal, which features Western New England this week.

History lesson

  • Powered by two goals and two assists from Anson Carter, the Bruins defeated the Rangers by a score of 5-2 on this day back in 1999. P.J. Axelsson, Sergei Samsonov and Jonathan Girard picked up the other tallies for Boston.

Entirely off-topic

  • I guess it turns out that this whole Elmo/perverted puppeteer thing isn’t the first controversy Sesame Street has endured. 

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