Morning Skate: Monday, December 10

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Morning Skate: Monday, December 10

Good column by Bruce Arthur breaking down last weeks histrionics, and finding the truth thats in there: both sides should be coming to a deal on a CBA this week.
 

Kevin Westgarth has been a key figure in the CBA negotiations from the NHLPA side of things, and is continuing on a very unique career path for a pro hockey player.
 

Don Cherry and Daniel Alfredsson might not be exchanging Christmas cards this season, but then again the headline might be a little misleading as well.
 

Good piece by Gary Lawless on Winnipeg defenseman Ron Hainsey, a player thats become notorious in the conference room during these CBA negotiations. Its an interesting nugget that hes made some enemies among other players with his confrontational style in NHLPA meetings.
 

Kevin Allen gives us five glorious reasons why there will be NHL hockey this season despite the lockout thats gone on for four months and counting.
 

Ilya Bryzgalov is sidelined with a virus. Not word on whether its a big, humangous virus, or just a run of the mill one.
 

Scott Burnside said the two sides need to make a deal this week if theres going to be an NHL season. The pressure is on to get this thing done for both the NHL and the NHLPA.

For something completely different: 15 different ways to make brisket for the holidays. Okay, so its a slow news day. So what?

Blackhawks edge past Bruins with late goal in 1-0 win

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Blackhawks edge past Bruins with late goal in 1-0 win

BOSTON -- Anybody looking for an emotional, high-energy response from the Bruins after back-to-back putrid losses to the Islanders and Red Wings didn’t get it on Friday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at TD Garden.

Instead the Bruins had plenty of shots with zero goals to show for it, and then gave up a goal to Marian Hossa on a nifty tic-tac-toe passing play to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 regulation win over the Black and Gold. It was the third straight loss for a Bruins team that continues to sink down in the playoff picture at a time of years when the results are the only thing that matters.

The defeat could also very well cost B’s head coach Claude Julien his job as a lifeless Bruins organization looks for any way to get out of the mud they’ve been stuck in for the last six weeks.

The Bruins and Blackhawks couldn’t crack the scoreboard for the first 50 minutes in regulation, and the genuine scoring chances were few and far between for both sides.

Tim Schaller and Patrice Bergeron had scoring chances down low in the first period, and Joe Morrow had a breakaway turned away by Blackhawks backup goalie Scott Darling early in the proceedings. But the scoring chances and sustained attack really began to dry up in the second period, and it became a series of one-and-done shots on net for both sides.

As one would expect both goalies were stellar with Darling putting together a 16-save performance in the first period, and Tuukka Rask turning away several Blackhawks chances including an Artem Anisimov wrist shot off the rush with just a couple of minutes to go in the third period. Rask finished with 21 saves, and Darling finished with 30 saves in a big win for the Chicago backup netminder.