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There’s zero doubt that the last 19 months have been unimaginably difficult for Emily Cave, the widow of Boston Bruins forward Colby Cave.

Her hockey-playing husband died suddenly and unexpectedly from a brain bleed at just 25 years old, and it happened amidst COVID-19 where people were separated, secluded and isolated to keep the virus from spreading.

There was so much personal love and support that she missed out on from her hockey family when it was limited to phone calls, text messages and social media posts of care and compassion. So it was a big night for Emily Cave, her late husband and the Colby Cave Memorial Fund on Thursday night when she dropped the ceremonial first puck in Colby’s honor for the Bruins/Oilers game at TD Garden while the Bruins Foundation donated the money from their 50/50 puck raffle total toward Colby’s charity.

There were emotional hugs from Patrice Bergeron and Connor McDavid, the captains of the two teams that Cave played for at the NHL level, and a wellspring of emotion prior to Thursday’s 5-3 loss to the Oilers on the ice at TD Garden.

It was clearly overwhelming to Emily, to say the least, but in a way that helped her get some of the personal support that COVID-19 made impossible for most of the last two years. Perhaps it was embodied best in her Instagram story post about a hug she shared with Brad Marchand following the puck drop where she told the Bruins winger that “[Cave] loved you so much.”

It’s a shame that Emily missed that part of the grieving process for so long due to COVID, but hopefully Thursday night allowed her a little of the necessary closure. There’s no doubt she’ll continue her courageous work spearheading the Colby Cave Memorial Fund and Colby’s Kids helping underprivileged families play hockey out in Western Canada.

Here’s a link to where you can donate if you’d like.

Now on to the BHN Puck Links:

*The Boston Bruins have some very real flaws on their NHL roster. It was a strategic move by B’s head coach Bruce Cassidy to put the onus on himself and his coaching staff following the performance, but it’s tough to see where the roster gaps are going to get fixed quickly. (Boston Hockey Now)

*Shot volume is bringing better production for William Nylander with the Toronto Maple Leafs, a development that some Boston Bruins players should be paying pretty close attention to. (Toronto Hockey Now)

*Rookie goalie Zach Fucale won his first Washington Capitals game in shutout fashion and his Capitals teammates partied like it’s 1999. (Washington Hockey Now)

*The San Jose Sharks are amidst a surprising run while battling through COVID issues. Here’s a look from Sheng Peng at what’s gone into the surprising run. (San Jose Hockey Now)

*The bad behavior from parents and coaches at youth hockey rinks in Massachusetts, and all around North American, needs to stop. Now. (Pucks with Haggs)

*John Tortorella thinks that Connor McDavid is going to have to change his game if he wants to win a Stanley Cup. I’d agree but I also think he’s going to need actual penalties called when other teams are beating him down too.

*Is Jack Campbell going to make some bank with the Toronto Maple Leafs as their top goaltending guy? It sure feels that way. (The Athletic)

*For something completely different: I cannot believe that the X-Men cartoon is being brought back on Disney+. That is amazing. I can hear the theme song in my already.

Joe Haggerty has covered the Boston Bruins and the NHL for 18 years with NBC Sports Boston, WEEI.com, the Boston Metro and the Woburn Daily Times, and currently serves as lead Bruins reporter and columnist for Boston Hockey Now. Haggs always strives to capture the spirt of the thing any way that he can.

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