Morning Skate: Thursday, December 27

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Morning Skate: Thursday, December 27

 A look into the 2013 crystal ball for the Edmonton Oilers, who have a future so bright theyve got to wear shades.

 Great story about Montreal defenseman Josh Gorges, who took to twitter to set up an outdoor pickup hockey game with hockey fans in the Montreal area. Thats exactly the kind of spirit loving the game that players need to continue displaying as things get tough in negotiations.

 A great piece by the USA Todays Kevin Allen about a 40-year-old hockey player that continues to keep the dream alive skating in the ECHL, and has never played a single game at the NHL level.

 Jason Pominville nets the game-winner against Team Canada in the Spengler Cup, and Tyler Seguin pots the only goal for Team Canada against Dennis Seidenbergs Mannheim team.

 Good stone, cold business look at the local businesses impacted by the NHL lockout, and that includes the parking garage under TD Garden thats being leased by Delaware North.

 The NHL lockout has finally made me crack. I definitely threatened Santa Claus with a punch to the mouth while hosting Sports Tonight last night with Gary Tanguay.

 For something completely different: The Grantland.com staff gives their predictions for things that will come to pass during the 2013 calendar year. Im holding out hope for the big Lisa Bonet comeback.

Blackhawks edge past Bruins with late goal in 1-0 win

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Blackhawks edge past Bruins with late goal in 1-0 win

BOSTON -- Anybody looking for an emotional, high-energy response from the Bruins after back-to-back putrid losses to the Islanders and Red Wings didn’t get it on Friday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden.

Instead the Bruins had plenty of shots with zero goals to show for it, and then gave up a goal to Marian Hossa on a nifty tic-tac-toe passing play to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 regulation win over the Black and Gold. It was the third straight loss for a Bruins team that continues to sink down in the playoff picture at a time of years when the results are the only thing that matters.

The defeat could also very well cost B’s head coach Claude Julien his job as a lifeless Bruins organization looks for any way to get out of the mud they’ve been stuck in for the last six weeks.

The Bruins and Blackhawks couldn’t crack the scoreboard for the first 50 minutes in regulation, and the genuine scoring chances were few and far between for both sides.

Tim Schaller and Patrice Bergeron had scoring chances down low in the first period, and Joe Morrow had a breakaway turned away by Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling early in the proceedings. But the scoring chances and sustained attack really began to dry up in the second period, and it became a series of one-and-done shots on net for both sides.

As one would expect both goalies were stellar with Darling putting together a 16-save performance in the first period, and Tuukka Rask turning away several Blackhawks chances including an Artem Anisimov wrist shot off the rush with just a couple of minutes to go in the third period. Rask finished with 21 saves, and Darling finished with 30 saves in a big win for the Chicago backup netminder.