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BHN Puck Links: Ullmark Sunday, Smith Hurt, Time To Bench Chara?



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Brad Marchand stayed hot for the Boston Bruins and new Bruins goalie Linus Ullmark shined in his Bruins debut in a 4-1 win Friday. 

Ullmark has now earned a second straight start on Sunday but there will be some lineup changes for the Boston Bruins when they host the San Jose Sharks on Sunday.

Could former Boston Bruins captain and current New York Islanders defenseman Zdeno Chara be spending some time up in the press box soon?

That and more in the latest Boston Hockey Now Puck Links:

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As my partner-in-scribe, Joe Haggerty tweeted during the first period of the Bruins 4-1 win over the Sabres Friday, Linus was ‘making his Ullmark’ early and often in a brilliant 35-save performance. (BHN)

Here are the BHN Talking Points from the win in which Brad Marchand continued his strong start and Charlie Coyle finally got going. (BHN)

There’s a strong chance that the Boston Bruins will be without Craig Smith Sunday against the Sharks and that rookie forward Jack Studnicka will get called up from Providence. The B’s also announced that Ullmark will start again Sunday afternoon. (BHN)



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The already battered and depleted Pittsburgh Penguins got more bad news Saturday when defenseman Kris Letang was placed in COVID Protocol. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)

Former Bruins captain Zdeno Chara has struggled out of the gate and it may be time for Barry Trotz to sit him up top, writes Stefen Rosner. (NYI Hockey Now)

Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Keith Yandle will play his former and longtime Florida Panthers teammates for the first time Saturday. (Florida Hockey Now)

Thanks to Tyler Bertuzzi being a selfish COVIDIOT and not getting vaccinated yet, he will be unable to play for the Detroit Red Wings when they play the Canadiens Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Bertuzzi cannot cross the border and play in any Canadian city until he gets vaccinated. (Detroit Hockey Now)



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Apparently, that three-goal winning formula for Pete DeBoer and the Vegas Golden Knights doesn’t always work. (Vegas Hockey Now)

Is former Boston College star Johnny Gaudreau one of the most underrated leaders in the NHL? (Calgary Hockey Now)

The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to get back on track against the aforementioned and injury-riddled Penguins in Pittsburgh Saturday night. (Toronto Hockey Now)

Can the Montreal Canadiens get off the schneide against the Wings Saturday? (Montreal Hockey Now)

Our man in VAN, Rob Simpson, is on the road for the first-ever Seattle Kraken home game:




Speaking of the Kraken home opener, here’s a great print and video tour of Climate Pledge Arena with Emily Kaplan. (ESPN)

Can someone explain to me how Jani Hakanpaa isn’t even getting a fine for this dirty play? This is the type of play that ends careers as sadly Cam Neely and the Boston Bruins know:



Are the Edmonton Oilers finally a legit contender again? (Sportsnet)

With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN,, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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Rick W Murray

Foligno’s hurt so who’s noticed . I was dead set against gettin this guy Blidh and Kuhlman are useless. Hopefully Jack can do something and prove himself. Jury’s still out on Ullmark he had one good game but I do agree he needs to start on Sunday.

Todd Sharek

Can I mention how awful last night’s viewing experience was? I hate that 13 games are blacked out from NESN. Now I have Hulu so you’d think I’d be happy but (1) there was no pregame–it just spontaneously started at 7 pm, (2) as I have Hulu with no ads, every tv timeout I got a scroll saying they were in commercial. I will not watch another Hulu/ESPN+ broadcast.

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