Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while dealing with the oppressive heat in the Warrior Ice Arena press box.
*Interesting piece from Justin Bourne about Radko Gudas and the reasons why he wasn’t disciplined for a Randy “Macho Man” Savage flying elbow from the top turnbuckle. I happen to believe nothing happens by circumstance or accident when it comes to guys like Gudas and borderline actions on the ice, but maybe that’s just me.
*Jaromir Jagr is back home in the Czech Republic after leaving the NHL but indicates that he’s not done by a long shot.
*Interesting piece on the Toronto Maple Leafs, and how they may wait until their prospects are “overripe” for call-ups to the NHL. That’s a luxury for a team that’s in the playoff mix, but the issue is that some organizations simply can’t afford the time, patience or depth required to let prospects follow a deliberate, formative development path.
*The so-called “spare parts” are doing a great job for the Vegas Golden Knights, and have already set an NHL record for the most wins in the first year of an NHL expansion team.
*SiriusXM/NHL analyst Patrick O’Sullivan took aim at the goaltending interference non-calls that took place in the NHL on Thursday night, and wonders if that’s going to be the measure of the law going forward.
*For something completely different: It certainly sounds like the “Black Panther” movie is going to be something special for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
David Krejci broke a tie with 1:04 remaining and the Boston Bruins rallied for three goals in the third period to beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Noel Acciari and Matt Grzelcyk also scored for the Bruins (37-13-8), who have won seven of nine and are one point back of Tampa Bay for first place in the Atlantic Division and overall NHL standings.
Ryan Strome and Jujhar Khaira had the goals for the Oilers (24-31-4), who have lost seven of eight.
The Oilers scored the game's first goal with 1:31 left in the opening period - despite being outshot 13-2 to that point - when Strome beat Boston goalie Anton Khudobin on a 2-on-1 break for his ninth of the season.
The Bruins came close five minutes into the second when David Pastrnak's shot clanged off the post behind Edmonton goalie Cam Talbot, but instead the Oilers extended their lead just more than six minutes later when a knuckler by Khaira beat Khudobin up high.
The shots favored the Bruins 29-14 through 40 minutes.
Boston got on the board 4:37 into the third when Acciari swung a puck in front of the Edmonton net and it bounced off Strome and in to make it 2-1.
The Bruins tied it with eight minutes to play after a flurry in front led to Grzelcyk putting the puck past a diving Talbot.
Boston completed the comeback with just 64 seconds to play in the third, after the Oilers lost control of the puck in their own end. Danton Heinen sent the puck out in front, allowing Krejci to score his 11th of the season.
NOTES: It was the second and final meeting this season between the teams. The Oilers took the first game 4-2 in Boston on Nov. 26. ... Oilers defenseman Kris Russellplayed his 700th NHL game. ... The Bruins acquired D Nick Holden from the New York Rangers for minor league defenseman Rob O'Gara and their third-round pick in this year's draft. Holden was not in Edmonton in time for the game.
Bruins: Saturday at Toronto.
Oilers: Host the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.
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Jarome Iginla skated with the Providence Bruins in the AHL team's practice on Tuesday, according to the Providence Journal.
Iginla doesn't want to retire yet. But he's not necessarily going to get a shot in Boston. The Bruins aren't interested in signing the 40-year-old winger, but instead wanted to do him a favor, a source told the Providence Journal.
"I'd love to still play," Iginla told the Providence Journal. "This is kind of the first step, getting out here and seeing how it is. … I wanted to see if I can still go. I don't have any deals at this point."
Iginla has had a prolific career with 525 goals and 570 assists (1,095 points). During his 2016-17 season, he spent time with the Colorado Avalanche and the Los Angeles Kings. He played in 80 games, and finished with 14 goals, 13 assists and a minus-30 rating.