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The Boston Bruins bounced back from a lackluster shootout loss in Vancouver Wednesday to beat the Oilers 3-2 in Edmonton on Thursday night.

For the second time this season, former Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara showed he can still hold his own in a fight. 

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was in a testy mood while addressing the media at the Board of Governors meetings Friday in Florida. 

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

Boston Bruins

With the likely return of goalie Tuukka Rask looming over the goaltending situation for the Boston Bruins, current Bruins goalie Linus Ullmark made sure management knows they can still depend on him. Ullmark made 41 saves and helped the Bruins escape Edmonton with a 3-2 win Thursday night. (BHN)

A cool moment in that 3-2 win for the Boston Bruins when Jake DeBrusk scored a powerplay early in the second period as his Dad and Sportsnet Oilers analyst Louie DeBrusk was able to break down his son’s goal. 


Not such a cool moment for the Bruins and their fans as former Bruins captain Zdeno Chara reminded them just how much they miss his physical presence. Current captain Patrice Bergeron could use a guy like Chara this season eh?


National Hockey Now

Speaking of Chara, his current team, the New York Islanders saw their nightmare season kick back up after snapping an 11-game losing streak on Tuesday. (NYI Hockey Now)

The sale of the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Fenway Sports Group was made official yesterday at the Board of Governors meetings. (Pittsburgh Hockey Now)



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One of the most hated and notorious players in the NHL could be playing for Canada at the Olympics. (Washington Hockey Now)

Sunrise, Florida has become a place for NHLers to get a fresh start in their NHL careers and defenseman Olli Juolevi is the latest player to get that second chance with the Florida Panthers. (Florida Hockey Now)

The Detroit Red Wings need to break a disturbing trend in their game. (Detroit Hockey Now)

Our man in Denver, Adrian Dater, has the latest injury update on Colorado Avalanche forward and longtime Boston Bruins nemesis, Nazem Kadri. (Colorado Hockey Now)

What a classy move by Montreal Canadiens fans Thursday when they chanted “Fleury! Fleury!” as time winded down on Marc-Andre Fleury’s 500th career win. (Vegas Hockey Now)

San Jose Sharks forward Kevin Labanc has been linked to the Boston Bruins in the Jake DeBrusk trade rumors and like DeBrusk, Leblanc has been doing a solid job of increasing his trade value. (San Jose Hockey Now)

Rob Simpson takes a deep dive into new Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau the coach and the person. (Vancouver Hockey Now)

Speaking of the Canucks, former Pittsburgh Penguins President of Hockey Operations and GM Jim Rutherford now holds the same title for the Canucks. (Vancouver Hockey Now)

The Calgary Flames saw another two points slip away thanks to Carolina Hurricanes star forward Sebastian Aho Thursday. (Calgary Hockey Now)

Speaking of missed opportunities, the Toronto Maple Leafs had the defending Stanley Cup champions on the ropes Thursday but couldn’t get that knockout punch. (Toronto Hockey Now)


The lads on TSN Insider Trading addressed the hottest topics around the NHL Thursday night. (TSN)

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman came off like Donald Trump after the NHL Board of Governors meetings Friday with the media. He was antagonistic, petulant, and condescending. (TSN)

The Arizona Coyotes may have made whole on their state taxes but they still owe rent on their occupancy at Gala River Arena in Glendale. (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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We need an enforcer desperately, things like what happened to Bergeron is a sickening feeling and not good to view as we the fans are overwhelmed that Neely and Sweeney allows things like this to happen.

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