By Danny Picard
BOSTON -- Phil Kessel will have to wait -- again -- to get revenge on the Bruins. But Tyler Seguin couldn't wait to show his hometown team what it missed out on.
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On Thursday night Kessel had his seventh goal-less game against Boston, and saw his plus-minus rating against the Bruins drop to minus-7, since being traded by the B's to Toronto for a package of draft choices that included Tyler Seguin. And Seguin, who was raised 30 minutes outside Toronto and rooted for the Maple Leafs growing up, scored a goal as the Bruins defeated the Leafs, 2-0.
Kessel had 6 of Torontos first 12 shots-on-goal in the game, but he -- and the rest of his teammates --- couldn't beat Tim Thomas, who stopped all 20 shots that he faced and improved to 5-0 on the season.
Patrice Bergeron put the Bs up 1-0 with his first goal of the season, and the 100th of his career, on a power play at 19:18 of the first period. Bergeron was set up at the top of the left circle and Zdeno Chara sent over a pass from the right point, which Bergeron one-timed into the top-right corner of the net.
Seguin's goal his second of the season came with 7:34 left in the second period, after a nice cross-ice feed from Dennis Seidenberg from the right point. Seguin received the pass from the left circle, where he was wide open, and let go a quick-release wrist shot the found the back of the net after hitting the blocker of Toronto goaltender Jonas Gustavsson.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while still digesting all of the awesome trailers and tidbits released at Comic Con in San Diego.
*The NHL says there is no alternative regular season schedule for next season, and that any hope of participating in the Olympics is dead.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Predators just one Ryan Johansen deal away from a piece of salary cap artwork, and being able to keep everything together.
*Clark Booth is either upset or mystified that the Bruins haven’t done anything this offseason. My good man Clark, they need to re-sign David Pastrnak and let some of their young prospects continue to grow and develop. Better that than sign another premium-priced contract to a player like David Backes or Matt Beleskey. They don’t need that at this point. And they shouldn’t panic and trade one of their good, young players either.
*Former UMass-Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has agreed to a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets.
*It’s a wonderful time to be a sports fan in Pittsburgh as the Penguins have been dominant, and it looks like the Steelers are in position to finish in second place behind the New England Patriots in the AFC. Well, that’s something to write home about.
*Minnesota native Kyle Okposo opens up for the first time about a scary season-ender with the Buffalo Sabres where Illness forced him to the hospital.
*Larry Brooks explains why the New York Rangers have short-changed Mika Zibanejad in their salary arbitration exercise.
*For something completely different: Are you kidding me with this Stranger Things 2 trailer to Michael Jackson’s Thriller? This looks awesome.
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*There are tempered expectations for rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev as he gets things going with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
*Keith Yandle believes that Dale Tallon being back in charge of the Florida Panthers is going to bring unity and solidarity to the Panthers once again.
*Kevin Shattenkirk believes that the New York Rangers are right on the cusp of challenging for a Stanley Cup title.
*Here 20 thoughts from the just-concluded Chicago Blackhawks prospect camp, where there’s some pretty strong, young talent.
*Even as the highest-paid player in the NHL, Connor McDavid is underpaid for what he brings to the table, says Ron MacLean.
*Interesting look at the Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog situation in Colorado, where both players have watched their performance fall off a bit. This is why I’d be very nervous about giving up the farm to trade for either of these players if I’m the Bruins. The jury is out on whether they’re in decline as players, or if it’s simply the mess in Colorado getting them down.
*For something completely different: What a sweet interaction between "Wonder Woman" Gal Gadot and a young, emotional fan all decked out in WW gear.