BOSTON -- Dougie Hamilton registered his second and third assists of the season in the Bruins' 4-2 win over the Islanders and after the game, coach Claude Julien had nothing but good things to say about the youngster.
"We have to be pleased and impressed with a young player playing the way Hamilton has been," said Julien. "Right now he's playing with a lot of confidence . . . He sees the ice well, he finds the passing lanes."
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while having no playoff hockey to enjoy over a couple of days because there wasn’t a single Game 7 in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Pat Hickey says that the Montreal Canadiens aren’t going to blow up the Habs roster, according to Marc Bergevin.
*Apparently Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is not happy about assistant coach and longtime friend Mike Kitchen getting fired following Chicago’s disappointing finish.
*Neat little moment on Hockey Night in Canada with Clarke MacArthur talking to his parents, and obviously being moved, following his Game 6 OT winner against the Bruins on Sunday.
*The Blue Jackets showed something a little different in this year’s exit interviews, and it was about a hunger for next season after this year’s positive step.
*The New York Rangers might finally have something working for them that you most definitely need if you’re going to win a Cup: Good luck.
*It looks like Colin Wilson may be ready for a return in Nashville’s second-round series against the Blues, the first time these two teams have met in the playoffs.
*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Halford has the details on Jumbo Joe playing in the playoffs with a torn ACL and MCL. I still can’t even understand how this is possible, but props to him and the example his toughness sets.
*Tarik El-Bashir and JJ Regan break down the Washington Capitals/Pittsburgh Penguins matchup on their Caps podcast down in DC.
*For something completely different: Clearly Maggie Gyllenhaal is just like the rest of us, just looking for an electric car charger at Whole Foods.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while putting the pieces together now that the hockey season is O-V-A-H here in Boston.
-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Arthur takes a look at the end of the season for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who put on a good show with their young, talented crew.
-- In the interest of self-promotion, here is this morning’s interview with Toucher and Rich where I talked about the Bruins taking a step forward despite their season being over.
-- He might look and sound like a Bond Villain, but Guy Boucher was far from it in stopping to shake hands with Senators fans at the airport after their playoff win over the B’s.
-- Interesting that John Stevens is named head coach of the Los Angeles Kings, since the change isn’t expected to be a big departure from what was already going on there.
-- The San Jose Sharks are all done for this season, and one wonders if GM Doug Wilson is going to have to choose between Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau moving forward.
-- Speaking of the Senators, PHT writer James O’Brien has Clarke MacArthur and Craig Anderson making Ottawa’s playoff victory all the more emotional.
-- For something completely different: Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is coming to a theatre near you soon, and here’s a review. I’m looking forward to this one.