Julien: 'Wed like to get Tim some rest'

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Julien: 'Wed like to get Tim some rest'

SAN JOSE, Calif. While it seems pretty clear that Marty Turco wont be getting the starting nod in San Jose on Thursday night, Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas is going to need a breather before turning 38 years old at the beginning of next month.

Thomas has played in 13 straight games between the pipes, and its a no-brainer that Bs head coach Claude Julien will call his number again against a Sharks team at the HP Pavilion on Thursday night. But the 36-year-old Turco could be getting another call soon with the Bruins officially playing every other day for the remaining 10 games of the year starting in San Jose.

The Bruins would hope so as playing even seven out of the remaining 10 tilts is going to put Thomas over 60 games played for the season, and toss an undesirable workload on him in the seasons final two months.

The Bruins clearly dont want a repeat of the abysmal start against the Tampa Bay Lightning where Turco was knocked out of the game just four minutes into the action. If Turco were to stagger out of the gate badly again for the Bruins, it might be the last starting assignment hed get until the Bs were mathematically assured of the Northeast Division title.

But that also melds into the thinking for the Bs coaching staff. If the Bruins were able to win the first two games of the West Coast trip or at least take three out of four points against Sharks and Kings clubs that are fighting for the playoffs then seeing Turco against the Anaheim Ducks in the second game of a back-to-back weekend of hockey wouldnt be out of the realm.

It all depends on how much space the Bruins are able to create between themselves and the Ottawa Senators leading into the Sunday afternoon matinee at the Honda Center. Julien admitted as much after practice on Wednesday in San Jose.

Its still early since hes come here. Hes been better every single day that hes been here and we didnt bring him in here to sit on the bench. We hope to utilize him. But at the same time from an organizational standpoint you have to look at where we are in the standings.

Wed like to get Tim some rest here, and hopefully our play will dictate the way we use him moving forward. That way maybe we can get Tim some rest.

One thing that seems certain: Tuukka Rask probably wont be back before the end of the regular season and Anton Khudobin is just now taking shots on the ice as he returns from a wrist injury that knocked him in a painful case of terrible timing for the minor league goaltender.

Itll have to be Turco Time sooner or later unless the Bruins can limit opponents to 13 shots a game as they did against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Monday nights blowout victory.

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging the Spider-Man trailer that dropped last night. 

*John Scott has finally called it a day and announced his retirement, and apparently there’s a book of his memoirs also coming out too. I’m predicting it’s not headed for the New York Times best seller list. 

*Winter Olympics participation and the CBA negotiations for the NHL are starting to merge into giant issue.  

*Connor McDavid calls the Flyers' Brandon Manning classless for telling him on the ice that he purposefully tried to hurt him last season. Some players might also take issue with McDavid making public what another player said to him on the ice. That’s kind of a no-no for most hockey players and breaks an unwritten rule that McDavid might think he’s above given his star status. This whole thing isn’t a good look for anybody. 

*Kevin Stevens pleads guilty to federal drug charges in what’s become a pretty sad situation for the former NHL star. 

*New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to raise questions with his play, and his massive price tag. 

*Youngsters Zach Weresnki and Dylan Larkin took similar paths to the NHL, and are both considered part of the talented young generation full of hockey stars. 

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Carey Price taking a nutty on Kyle Palmieri after the player crashed into his crease last night. Price is being celebrated for sticking up for himself, but if another goalie did that to a Habs player at the Bell Centre, there would already be a warrant out for his arrest. Play it both ways, Montreal!  

*For something completely different: here’s the aforementioned new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer that looks pretty darn good. 

 

Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

BOSTON – While the loss to the Avalanche on Thursday night was a monumental dud, it put another dazzling display on the hockey resume of David Pastrnak. 

The 20-year-old star right winger scored two more goals in the 4-2 loss at TD Garden and nearly brought the Bruins back into the game by himself before another defensive breakdown at the end of the second period doomed them. 

Instead, Pastrnak had to settle with being the proud owner of 18 goals scored in 23 games that places him in a tie with NHL superstar Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead in goals. 

The goals also showed his wide range of lethal offensive skills. On the first score, he just broke away from the Avalanche defense and managed to bury a second-effort breakaway chance after a nice Tim Schaller stretch pass off the boards. The second goal was a straight one-timer bomb from the high slot off a slick setup pass from Brad Marchand in the corner, and it had the Bruins right back into the mix after a dreadful first period. 

It wasn’t enough when the B’s defense faltered again toward the end of the second period, but it was enough for everybody to be singing Pastrnak’s praises once again following the loss. 

“He’s a game changer. The momentum is going the other way, and he has the ability to break away on any given shift and score a big goal for us. He did that tonight,” said Torey Krug. “We can’t just keep relying on the same guys to score goals. We’ve got to come up with secondary offense, and I know every other guy wants to do that. 

“Now it’s about showing that on the ice and making sure we’re doing the work and getting better and proving to ourselves. But Pasta [David Pastrnak] has been great for us so far, and we’re obviously lucky to have him.”

The 18 goals barely two months into the season are not too shabby for a kid, in his third NHL season, who just now coming into his own. He’s nearly halfway to 40 before Christmas. For Pastrnak, however, it’s about the team result and he wasn’t overly satisfied with his two goals in a losing effort. 

“I’ve said before the season that our goal is to make the playoffs and to have that experience and have the chance to win the Stanley Cup. I’m still focusing on that,” said Pastrnak, who has yet to experience the Stanley Cup playoffs in his two-plus seasons with the Black and Gold. “We have zero points from tonight’s game and we have to move on. I think our game gets better in the second and third periods, you know, and we have to regroup and get ready for Saturday’s game.”

The Bruins will undoubtedly regroup and once again count on another Pastrnak offensive explosion to help lead the way in what’s become a truly spectacular season for the youngster.