Marc Savard

Shanahan taking job seriously

The Stanley Cup has been hugged, kissed and photographed thousands of times and dented at least once since June, when the Bruins defeated the Canucks to win their first championship since 1972.

Fixing the damage caused when the Cup fell off a table was simple. Now the Bruins have the hard job: defending it.

The NHL season begins Thursday with three games, including the Bruins playing host to the Flyers, and the Penguins — minus concussion victim Sidney Crosby — in Vancouver. If there's a theme to this season, it's concern about blows to the head, prompted by hits that interrupted the careers of Crosby, Blues forward David Perron, Bruins forward Marc...