By Joe Haggerty
BOSTON The Bruins appear to be getting sick and tired of hearing about Maxim Lapierre and Alex Burrows, and their rabble-rousing antics.
Thats a good thing.
Everybody is talking about their agitators. Obviously theyre doing their job because the media are talking about them, said Chris Kelly. Theyre not brought up too much in our dressing room, but here I am talking about them again."
But Kelly said the Bruins who've played against the Canucks so far aren't going to change their game to get revenge on Burrows (who bit Patrice Bergeron's finger and went unpunished by the NHL) or Lapierre (who taunted Bergeron by sticking his finger in the Bruin forward's face, with no penalty called by the referees).
Guys are going to go out and play their game. Were not going to get into the old antagonizing part of it. If thats what you do during the regular season, then youre going to try to do it as well as you can in the Stanley Cup Finals.
"But theres no sense in somebody that doesnt do it on a regular basis all of a sudden running their mouth or doing antics that are uncommon to them. The common goal here is to win. Not to get someone back for some stupid antic.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading with Bruins captain’s practice set to kick off this coming week.
*The Rangers sound like they’ll be a strong candidate for Kevin Shattenkirk, and the Dallas Stars seem willing to stand pat at the goalie position.
*PHT writer James O’Brien speculates on who might be the next Artemi Panarin to break into the NHL ranks from overseas, and make a big impact.
*Yahoo fantasy hockey is making some changes this season, and those that liked to draft Dustin Byfuglien and Brent Burns are going to bummed about it.
*An original St. Louis Blues jersey from the old time hockey days has found its way back to its original home in St. Louis.
*Steve Simmons says that Dave Bolland has earned the right to be more than a punch line at this point in his career.
*Looking back on Phil Esposito’s classic speech amid the 1972 Summit Series.
*The All-Snub team for the World Cup of Hockey would be a talented lineup, and would no doubt be captained by P.K. Subban.
*For something completely different: those looking for signs of a rift between Bill Belichick and Tom Brady need to call off the search.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, after a busy morning celebrating my 3-year-old’s birthday at the trampoline park. Yee-ha.
*PHT writer Joey Alfieri says that adding toughness was a big offseason priority for the Montreal Canadiens.
*There’s at least one big fan of the Edmonton Oilers trade that brought defenseman Adam Larsson from the New Jersey Devils, and that fan’s name is Mark Letestu.
*Here’s everything you need to know about the Ice Guardians movie premiering this fall that takes a long, balanced look at the NHL enforcers.
*Roberto Luongo has an alibi for the robbery in Winnipeg with one suspect getting away in goalie equipment, and it’s funny as you would expect it to be.
*CSN Washington takes a look at the New York Rangers in their season previews for the Metro Division.
*I’m not entirely sure whether this “RIP Harambe” thing is genuine or meant to be ironic by the largely millenial group that seem so enamored with it, but I think it’s just stupid. I think the same with the crying Jordan meme…also stupid.
*For something completely different: a look at how Triumph the Insult Comic Dog learned how to poop on Trump’s politics.