Julien: Pacioretty hit like Cooke's on Savard

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Julien: Pacioretty hit like Cooke's on Savard

WILMINGTON, Mass. The Bruins certainly werent shedding any tears about Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty getting served a three-game suspension for his head shot hit on Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, but they werent gloating about it either.

Many refused to link Pacioretty hitting Letangs head (and breaking the nose) with the hit Montreals winger took from Zdeno Chara last season. But Bruins coach Claude Julien saw similarities with a different hit involving the Boston team two years ago. He said viewing the hit brought back memories of Matt Cooke throwing a chicken wing elbow at Marc Savards head in Pittsburgh.

It resembled a little bit the hit that Marc Savard took from Matt Cooke a few years ago. It was almost identical, said Julien. It was the leagues decision to make and it certainly doesnt have any links to what happened last year (with Chara). They were two totally different things.

He was on the receiving end of one and on the giving end of another. The league chose to make the rule on that, and thats where it ends.

It didnt look like Paciorettys elbow really came up to Letangs face in the most recent head shot, but he was clearly targeting the Pittsburgh defensemans head as the principal point of contact. New NHL sheriff Brendan Shanahan has come swiftly and unmercifully on players crossing the line in terms of head shots.

Julien understands why Shanahan has come down hard on offending players, and feels like a message is being sent.

The NHL as a group decided to take that stance against head shots and take it a step further, said Julien. To me if you want to send a message across you have to be really harsh and strong on those messages early on. Youre trying to educate players to have a little more restraint and composure when those hits are concerned.

Once players start getting educated and things get better and better, youre going to see less suspensions going on. Thats the only way, in my mind, to do it.

Rasheed Wallace shows KG his amazing Doc Rivers impression

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Rasheed Wallace shows KG his amazing Doc Rivers impression

By Dane Carbaugh, NBCSports.com Pro Basketball Talk

Rasheed Wallace is a man of many talents. Playing basketball. Getting ejected. Helping the disenfranchised. Throwing towels. He’s a Renaissance man, really.

Oh, and apparently he does a spot-on Doc Rivers impersonation.

During a segment on Kevin Garnett’s “Area 21” TV show, Wallace not only brought attention to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but was able to emulate the Los Angeles Clippers coach strikingly well. It came while Wallace was breaking down Rivers recent explosion and ejection from a game against the Brooklyn Nets, an outburst for which he was fined $15,000.

From the Area 21 Twitter page:

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Friday, Dec. 2: Toews vs. Matthews

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading, while everybody in New England is in mourning over the latest Gronk booboo. 

*A pretty neat sharpshooting video with Jonathan Toews and that young whippersnapper Auston Matthews squaring off against each other. 

*Craig Custance looks a little deeper into the situation with the Florida Panthers and how things are stabilizing after the rough firing of Gerard Gallant last week. 

*Now. let’s get to the real important stuff: the San Jose Sharks website has put together their Movember rankings for the player’s mustaches. 

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bruce Garrioch says that the plans for an outdoor game in Ottawa are again back on the NHL’s agenda. 

*Erik Erlendsson has put together a “Lightning Insider” website where you can find all the latest news about the Tampa Bay franchise. Check it out. 

*As guys such as Anton Khudobin prove when they’re thrust into the starting spot, backup goalies matter in today’s NHL. 

*For something completely different: a mash-up of Kylo Ren and “Girls” from the mad mind of Adam Driver is exactly just that.