Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while getting ready for Olympics season to get in full swing. Good luck to Team USA, and to all of my NBC colleagues ready to bring the action to us from South Korea.
*The Philadelphia Flyers are pumped up watching the Eagles win the Super Bowl, and want to “follow suit” for the rest of their season on Broad Street.
*The Dallas Stars are experiencing the Ken Hitchcock Effect this season and it’s been a very good thing from a team success point of view.
*Jaroslav Halak is keeping the New York Islanders afloat as their skaters trying to figure out a way to get their respective games back.
*San Jose Sharks sniper Logan Couture legitimately wonders if his Olympic window is shutting on him as he sits out this time around with the rest of the league. Brad Marchand is certainly wondering the same thing in Boston as this winter would have been his best chance to play for Team Canada as well. You can hear that in his voice every time he talks about what a bitter disappointment it is that the NHL isn’t going to South Korea this month to compete.
*The continued success story of the Vegas Golden Knights has been a great one in the NHL this season, even if it wasn’t a successful return to Pittsburgh for Marc-Andre Fleury on Tuesday night.
*For something completely different: This guy is worried there may be too much Star Wars coming because the Game of Thrones creators are signing for a Star Wars movie project. So you’re concerned that the duo behind one of the best fantasy TV series ever is going to take a crack at Star Wars? Dude, shut up with the ridiculous think pieces. If Marvel can crank out highly entertaining, super-high material multiple times a year, then Star Wars can and should be the same thing. Bottom line.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while my fantasy football team is horrendous right now after Yahoo! gave me an “A” for my work on draft day. Damn you, Yahoo!
*It’s really interesting to think about just how impactful the arrival of John Tavares is going to be with the Maple Leafs. Does his arrival automatically catapult Toronto past the Bruins in the Atlantic Division standings? Will his leadership and intangibles takes Toronto’s young guns to an even higher level? Will the Leafs still be held back by their question marks on defense? Those questions won’t be answered until the regular season, but needless to say the media folks in Toronto are a wee bit giddy about the whole thing.
*Speaking of Toronto media watching Tavares, Steve Simmons has done his share and it sounds like he’s sold on the massive impact the former Islanders star will have.
*Interesting piece about how nutrition is becoming the next horizon in pro sports, and specifically in the NHL, where teams will be looking for competitive advantages.
*Former Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec is calling it a career after 11 seasons in the NHL where he was certainly a No. 1 goalie, but never quite the guy that was going to take his team over the top.
*Jason Spezza wants to actually accomplish something on the ice for the Dallas Stars this season, which would certainly be helpful for them after a rough season.
*For something completely different: I wouldn’t plan on Chevy Chase hosting Saturday Night Live again anytime soon.
FINAL SCORE: Red Wings 4, Bruins 3 (OT)
IN BRIEF: Down 3-1 in the third period, the Bruins got a swift strike from Daniel Winnik (4:34) and a power-play goal from Axel Andersson (14:37) to force overtime, where Detroit’s Evgeny Svechnikov won it just 1:42 into the extra frame. Box score
BRUINS PRESEASON RECORD: 4-0-1
HOW OVERTIME WAS WON:
MONDAY: at Flyers, 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: vs. Red Wings, 7 p.m.
SATURDAY: vs. Flyers, 6 p.m. (end of exhibition season)