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NHL- The Bruins continued their torrid start to the shortened 2013 season thanks to a 4-2 win over the Islanders on Friday night followed by a quick trip to the Tarheel state where they came away with a 5-3 win over the Hurricanes on Monday night [with Khudobin making his first start of the season- NANESB!].
On Tuesday night, the Bruins returned to the Garden for a tilt with the Atlantic conference-leading New Jersey Devils.
The Devils were off to a similarly impressive start to the season and got on the board about midway through the second after a shot from David Clarkson evaded Tukka Rask and found the back of the net on a New Jersey power play. Clarkson's tally was actually the first power play goal allowed by the Bruins this season and on the other end of the ice, Johan Hedberg was playing well enough for me to think the Bruins would be handed their first shutout and regulation loss this season.
Sometimes I don't mind being wrong, though. With a little over four minutes remaining in regulation, Nathan Horton beat Hedberg to tie things up at 1-1 and force overtime where the Bruins were looking at a worst-case scenario of garner one point. But after a scoreless overtime, the game headed to a shootout and that's where things started to get weird.
Jared Wickerham, Getty ImagesYou see, right when Tyler Seguin was getting ready to shoot for Boston's first shot, some fucking mouthbreathing idiot in the stands took it upon him (or her) self to chuck a friggin' hotdog onto the ice. Seguin's shot was good, but it was nullified due to the flying weenie. Hedberg reportedly didn't see it until after Seguin had scored, but the officials ruled it no good and Seguin had to try again. And it went in...again.
However, it was a short-lived lead in the shootout when Ilya Kovalchuk put one past Rask on the Devils' first attempt of the shootout. Honestly, it would be awhile before anybody else would score- four straight attempts by each team were turned aside or missed then net altogether- but Brad Marchand put the B's up in the shootout and Rask got his pads on a Marek Zidlicky shot to give the Bruins the win. The Bruins are now 5-0-1 on the season and all alone on top of the Eastern conference at 11 points. The next Bruins game will be their first Northeast conference matchup of the season as they host the 2-3-1 Buffalo Sabres at the Garden on Thursday night. The game will be televised on NESN and the puck drops at 7:00 ET.ELSEWHERE IN THE NHL- The Montreal Canadiens have reached an agreement with defenseman and holdout P.K. Subban. The 23 year old defenseman and restricted free agent was in the final year of a $2M entry-level contract last season. The two year deal is reportedly worth $5.75 million and will have Subban playing for next to nothing during this abbreviated season while getting the majority of his money during the 2013-2014 season.
MLB- St Louis Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan 'the man' Musial passed away on January 19th at the age of 92. Born in southwetern Pennsylvania, Musial actually broke into the Cardinals organization in the late 1930s as an outfielder but was eventually converted to an outfielder before his first full Major League season in 1942.The Cardinals won two World Series titles between 1942 and 1945- including an unusual all-St Louis World Series against the AL's St Louis Browns in 1944. However, with World War II raging, Musial was drafted in 1944 and entered active duty service with the Navy at the beginning of 1945, assigned to ship repair duties out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. With the war over, Musial was honorably discharged in 1946 and batting .388 with the Cardinals by the time May 1946 rolled around. His first season back since being drafted in WWII, the Cardinals would go on to beat the Boston Red Sox 4 games to three in the 1946 World Series.
Over his 21 year career, Musial accumulated 475 home runs with a total of 1,951 RBI along with 3,630 hits and a batting average of .331. Musial was a first-ballot Hall of Famer, getting into Cooperstown in 1969. Between 1963 and 1966, Musial was a vice president of the Cardinals and was a general manager during their 1967 World Series championship season. However, Musial felt that life in the front office wasn't for him and went into the restaurant business.Musial was also an avid harmonica player and released an album of tracks that came with an instructional booklet. Musial also has a number of plaques and statues in his honor both around the new Busch Stadium and the Missouri state capitol building in Jefferson City, MO. In February 2011, Musial was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedon by President Obama at a ceremony in the White House. Stan Musial is survived by his son and three daughters- his wife of 71 years Lilian passed away in May 2012.
ELSEWHERE IN MLB- Yankees infielder Alex Rodriguez name has come up in another PED investigation as a south Florida alternative newspaper published a report claiming MLB's highest-paid athlete shows up on a client list of a Miami-area pharmacy that sells steroids and Human Growth Hormone to a number of pro and college players.
The names are all included in an extraordinary batch of records from Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic tucked into a two-story office building just a hard line drive's distance from the UM campus. They were given to New Times by an employee who worked at Biogenesis before it closed last month and its owner abruptly disappeared. The records are clear in describing the firm's real business: selling performance-enhancing drugs, from human growth hormone (HGH) to testosterone to anabolic steroids. Interviews with six customers and two former employees corroborate the tale told by the patient files, the payment records, and the handwritten notebooks kept by the clinic's chief, 49-year-old Anthony Bosch.If the Miami New Times report can be confirmed, the Yankees could be able to invalidate the remainder of their contract with Rodriguez. There was a flurry of rumors that A-Rod might be dealt from the Yankees to the Marlins last season- in addition to all the speculation over whether or not Rodriguez plays for the Yankees again, I have to wonder if the Marlins were a potential destination because of the proximity of the clinic in Miami.
Bosch's history with steroids also adds credence to the paperwork. The son of a prominent Coral Gables physician named Pedro Publio Bosch, he was connected with banned substances when slugger Manny Ramirez was suspended for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy in 2009. At the time, MLB confirmed the Drug Enforcement Administration was probing the father and son for allegedly providing Ramirez with HCG, a compound often used at the tail end of steroid cycles.
RED SOX- Outfielder Ryan Kalish underwent successful surgery on his right shoulder this week. Kalish missed 10 games with soreness and inflammation in September last year. There is no exact timetable for his return, but Kalish is expcted to miss all of spring training.