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Morning Skate: Can other NHL teams replicate Penguins' blueprint for success?

Morning Skate: Can other NHL teams replicate Penguins' blueprint for success?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while trying to stay out of the heat. It’s a scorcher in Boston when it gets to 95 degrees before noontime. 


*Jeremy Roenick had quite the man on the street odyssey for NBC Sports during the Stanley Cup Final as he ate hot chicken, got milk in his eyes and was tossed off a mechanical bull among other things. 


*I wholly agree with Pro Hockey Talk that other NHL teams can’t “model” their blueprint for success off what the Penguins have done over the last couple of seasons. It’s an extremely flawed premise with Pittsburgh. It all starts with having the best player in the world in Sidney Crosby, and you can’t copycat that next season, or the season after, or anytime soon unless you get really fortunate in the draft. You probably also have to bottom out to get that kind of lottery pick in the first place, and then make some really good choices on the roster. The Pens had no business winning a Cup without Kris Letang, and you won’t see any other teams doing it without a bona fide, stud No. 1 defenseman in his prime anytime soon. 


*The Golden Knights give you a “cribs style” tour of their new practice facility, which should be up and running once the season gets going. 


*PHT writer Joey Alfieri says that Montreal defenseman Nathan Beaulieu might not be long for the Habs organization. He doesn’t feel like the kind of defenseman that’s going to be of much use to Claude Julien and his preference for big, strong D’s that can handle business at the point of attack. 


*The Columbus Blue Jackets will not be subjecting Scott Hartnell to the NHL expansion draft as he wasn’t approached about his no-movement clause.


*Here’s a really good piece on Scott Darling and his ability to overcome alcoholism and social anxiety while working his way up the ladder to the NHL. He has some really kind words for hockey agent Matt Keator as well, a great guy and obviously a loyal agent sticking with Darling through the tough times on his way to becoming a No. 1 goalie with the Carolina Hurricanes. 


*Looks like the Denver University hockey program is going to have another strong season with a talented incoming class after last year’s successful campaign. 


*For something completely different: Mark Hamill doesn’t know what his life would be like without Star Wars. Well, that makes two of us.

Three first period goals power Bruins to 4-2 win over Blackhawks


Three first period goals power Bruins to 4-2 win over Blackhawks

BOSTON – In their final home dress rehearsal of the preseason prior to the start of the regular season schedule at TD Garden, the Boston Bruins gave their fans plenty to cheer about.

Powered by three goals scored in the first period, the B’s took a 4-2 win over a preseason roster of Chicago Blackhawks players at the Garden to push their preseason record to 4-1-0 with a couple of exhibition games still left to be played. It was as much the players that scored as the scoring itself was the cause of excitement with Boston’s star players stepping up, and the young prospects once again demanding notice during auditions for NHL jobs.

David Pastrnak scored on a sniper shot over Corey Crawford’s glove hand just 52 seconds into the game, and Jeremy Lauzon followed 36 seconds later with a long distance blast from the left point.

Anders Bjork made it a breakout night when he stepped into a one-timer blast midway through the first while teaming up with prospective linemates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Brandon Saad and John Hayden pushed it back to a one-goal game midway through the second period, but a power-play strike from Bergeron in the third period gave the Bruins all the cushion they would need for victory.

Malcolm Subban got the start for the B’s between the pipes, and he was strong while stopping 24-of-26 shots that he faced, including a flurry of athletic saves in the third period that got the home crowd on its feet. Subban finished up with a strong 14 saves in the third period while helping the B’s slam the door on the Blackhawks. 


Morning Skate: Blackhawks looking for right mix on fourth line


Morning Skate: Blackhawks looking for right mix on fourth line

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading. while readying for the last home game of the preseason tonight. Boy that went by quickly.

*Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is looking for the right mix on the fourth line for the Hawks.

*The NHL is coming late to the China party and it makes one wonder what will happen for the Winter Olympic Games set to be played there in 2022.

*PHT writer Adam Gretz has the Arizona Coyotes wanting to retire the freshly-retired Shane Doan’s number in the future.

*Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan says that the decision to accept the White House’s invitation was independent of politics. Certainly, it was, but the timing of it and the feeble statement to go along with it left a lot to be desired.

*Pierre Lebrun goes 1-on-1 with Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien to talk about his past, his present and his future behind the bench with the Habs. I had always intended to subscribe to the Athletic, and this is the article that finally got me to do it as I get to read a few moments with one of the classiest individuals in the NHL in Julien. It certainly had a few rocky moments toward the end here in Boston for Julien, but I will always respect that guy as a coach and, more importantly, as a person.  

*For something completely different: an interesting look at Alejandro Villanueva, the only Pittsburgh Steelers player, and a proud veteran, to stand outside the tunnel and on the field for the national anthem prior to the Steelers game on Sunday.