First Off The Ice – December 19, 2013


Dec 17, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins left wing

Milan Lucic

(17) fights for position in front of the goal with Calgary Flames left wing

Jiri Hudler

(24) during the first period at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Milan Lucic was one of the few Bruins to receive a warm cheer when he hoisted the Stanley Cup back in June 2011. Since then, his parents home was broken into, the Serbian church his family attends was vandalized, and most recently he was accosted by an angry Canucks fan on the streets of downtown Vancouver. While all this has left a bad taste in his mouth, he’s still (mostly) happy to be a resident of Vancouver. (CSNNE)

How are the Bruins faring with so many replacement AHL players? The folks at Bleacher Report take a look at the casualty list and wonder if this isn’t some form of blessing in disguise. (Bleacher Report)

On that subject, ComCast also takes a look at how well the Bruins are faring with such a depleted roster. With several teams facing critical losses in manpower, it’s great to see Boston weather the storm and remain in first place in the Atlantic. (Comcast)

Puck Daddy himself takes a look at the ten best games of 2013. Here’s a little spoiler Bruins Nation, a certain game seven that made a lot of Toronto fans severely depressed and got another team’s fan base incredibly excited is on the list. Take a look at their top ten and see how it compares to yours. (Puck Daddy)

After a slew of Pittsburgh Penguins fans accused the Boston Bruins team of nothing but base level thuggery, it’s good to see that crow is back on the menu. Yesterday, Derek Engelland was given a five game ‘Shanaban’ for his head hit on Justin Abdelkader. If the Pens fans would like to game to change, then they need their own goon squad to play the game correctly. (Yahoo)