The Boston Bruins were able to blank the Tampa Bay Lightning last night 5-0. Tuukka Rask earned his first shutout of the year, and his seventeenth of his career. Twelve different players put up some form of point for Boston in a game so lop sided, the coach of the Lightning had lamented that the only good part of the game for his team was the playing of the national anthem.
Martin Biron announced his retirement from hockey today, following a sixteen year career. In his NHL career, he accumulated two hundred and thirty wins with twenty eight shutouts. His career had been spent mostly in a back up capacity, and his last season found him being demoted from the New York Rangers down to the AHL after suffering a painful turn in the Rangers’net accumulating a beer league bad 7.61 goals against average, and a .763 save percentage. He tweeted it to his fans today.
After thinking about it it with my family, I’ve decided to retire as a player and move on to a new chapter. Thank you all for your support.
— Martin Biron (@martybiron43) October 20, 2013
Moving on, it appears that Brad Marchand isn’t. While Marchand did get an assist in the 5-o rout of Tampa Bay, the pesky forward made two openly bad turnovers and made two slashing penalties that required his team to help get him out of trouble. A healthy scratch looks ominous and obvious now for last year’s leading scorer. More from (Bleacher Report)
Also from B/R, one of their featured columnists takes a look at ten dirtiest players current playing in the NHL. I’m honestly a little surprised to see Matt Cooke not as #1. Check out the list and give them your opinion on who you believe should be on that list (Bleacher Report)
On the subject of rating players, our friends over at Blades of Teal decide to take a look at how their players have stacked up so far in the season. (Blades of Teal)