Despite loss, Bruins end power play goal drought

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Despite loss, Bruins end power play goal drought

BOSTON -- In the Bruins' eyes, following Tuesday night's 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, Rich Peverley's power play goal in the third period doesn't mean anything.

Peverley said just as much.

There weren't many questions regarding the Bruins' power play on a night in which they racked up a total of 72 penalty minutes. But the few that were asked got the same answer: "It doesn't matter now."

What the Bruins wouldn't tell you on Tuesday night, was that, at the time, Peverley's power play goal did matter. If not for the timeliness of his wrister from the high slot that sniped the top-right corner that cut Carolina's lead to 2-1 midway through the third period, then for the fact that it snapped an 0-for-22 drought on the power play.

The Bruins are now 2-for-24 on the power play this season, a part of their game that was downright brutal last year.

Things looked promising in the season opener, when the B's scored on their first power-play attempt. Since then, and through the first two periods on Tuesday night, the same problems lingered on the man advantage.

Until Peverley made it 2-1, just 28 seconds into the Bruins' fourth power play of the game.

"It's good that we got one on the power play, but it doesn't matter now, because we lost the game," said a dejected Peverley after the loss. "We lost the game. That's the most important thing."

In fairness to Boston's prior three power plays of the night, Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward stood on his head. And as the phrase goes, your goaltender is your best penalty killer.

"I thought that Cam Ward was the difference in that game," said Carolina coach Paul Maurice. "They came out really strong, and he made some really good saves, and then he made some saves that may not show up. You've got to watch it on video to appreciate how good they were."

"I think we had our chances," said Peverley. "We had a ton of chances. You've got to give credit to Cam Ward. He played unbelievable. So, on our part, we have to do a better job of finding ways to put the puck in the net against him. So that seems it was the way the game went in the first couple periods."

Ward was having "one of those nights." Yet, Peverley was able to make it a one-goal game. That was important, at the time. And even if the B's want to downplay the significance of snapping that 0-for-22 power-play drought on Tuesday night. They may be singing a different tune on Wednesday.

Because in the grand scheme of things, it did matter.

Saturday, May 28: Frustating season for Pred's Rinne

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Saturday, May 28: Frustating season for Pred's Rinne

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering how much of a dark cloud Slava Voynov’s presence is going to bring to the World Cup of Hockey.

*PHT’s Joey Alfieri tracks the ups and downs of Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, who had a frustrating season.

*Jonathan Drouin says that he “definitely wants to be” part of the Tampa Bay Lightning after a very rocky year with a happy ending for all.

*Speaking of the World Cup of Hockey, Taylor Hall was one of a number of deserving Canadian players – including P.K. Subban -- left off the roster.

*The San Jose Sharks have come a long way from their inaugural season in the league.

*Ottawa Senators senior advisor Bryan Murray is still getting used to a new role after a change in the Sens front office structure.

*Pittsburgh Penguins GM Jim Rutherford has plenty of reasons to be proud after a very good year running hockey ops for the Penguins.

*For something completely different: this January Rolling Stone magazine piece on Stevie Nicks was an excellent retrospective.

 

 

Marchand: Selection to Canada World Cup 'on a different level'

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Marchand: Selection to Canada World Cup 'on a different level'

Bruins left wing Brad Marchand definitely altered a lot of people’s perceptions about him as a hockey player when he scored 37 goals this season, and embraced more of a leadership role on a B’s team getting younger by the year. The B’s agitator started to reap the rewards of those changed opinions with a gold medal at the IIHF World Championships in Russia earlier this month, and on Friday with his inclusion on a ridiculously talented Team Canada roster set for the NHL and NHLPA-organized World Cup of Hockey in the fall.

Marchand will join linemate Patrice Bergeron and head coach Claude Julien as part of the Team Canada contingent, and could even be part of a reunited Marchand-Bergeron-Tyler Seguin line if Mike Babcock and Co. are looking for instant chemistry.

Either way Marchand was excited about suiting up for his country, and being part of a World Cup tournament that will include Bruins players Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara, David Pastrnak, David Krejci (who may not be available to play due to his hip surgery), Loui Eriksson and Dennis Seidenberg along with the Team Canada contingent.

“It’s an incredible honor to play for Team Canada. It’s something that I think we all take a lot of pride in, and something that is…it’s not an easy accomplishment,” said Marchand. “It’s not something you get to do very often, and to have that opportunity twice this year is very special and it’s not something I take for granted

“I think being part of a team like this is on a different level, and people may give a little more respect to that fact and may look at more of the kind of player I am, other than just the stuff they’ve seen in the past, with the hits and being a pest and stuff like that. Maybe those people will realize that I’m an OK hockey player, and I do play the game as well. But regardless, that’s not why I play the game. I play it to help our team win and just because I love the game, so however they feel, then that’s their opinion. But [earning more respect league-wide] is a possibility.”

This is the fifth time Marchand has been selected to compete for his home country of Canada in international play. The 5-foot-9, 181-pound forward tallied four goals and three assists in 10 games while helping Canada earn a gold medal at the aforementioned 2016 IIHF Men’s World Championships, held earlier this month in Russia. Marchand previously won gold with Team Canada at the U-20 World Championships in 2007 and 2008. He also earned a bronze medal with Team Canada Atlantic at the 2005 World U-17 Hockey Challenge.

The 2016 World Cup of Hockey will take place from Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, home of the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. The two-week tournament, featuring eight teams comprised of more than 150 of the best players in the NHL, will progress from the Preliminary Round to the Semifinals and ultimately the Final. 

The involvement of so many Bruins players along with Julien will make for a spare NHL camp in Boston come September with so many important pieces out for what is traditionally the first two weeks of camp.