Morning Skate: Monday, April 30


Morning Skate: Monday, April 30

Interesting piece where a columnist for Bruce Allen wonders where the outrage is after the Bruins lost to the Capitals in the first round. The reasons for the loss (lack of offense for forwards, bad Game 5 for Tim Thomas and overall emotionalmental fatigue from last years Cup run manifesting as lack of energy and physicality) have been well-documented, but the simple fact is people wont get worked up after winning last year. Also bringing teams making multiple appearances in the conference finals where many of them were quickly smoked in four or five games as proof the Bruins should have worked deeper into the playoffs after winning the Cup is pretty faulty logic. Theres a big difference between bowing out quickly in a conference finals appearances and playing in three seven-game series en route to the Cup.

Alex Ovechkin knows he needs to be better in Game 2 against the Rangers after failing to register as a presence in the first game.

A nice look at Erik Karlssons rise to greatness in his second NHL season with the Ottawa Senators.

Gary Roberts comes to the defense of Cody Hodgson when hes slammed by Mike Gillies, and there may have been some healthy swipes at the Vancouver GM in there.

Frequent sparring partner Cam Charron takes a look at the clutchness of Danny Briere in his playoff performances for the Flyers.

The CBA will be a much-discussed topic this summer, and the Pittsburgh Tribune takes a look at some of the things at play between the NHLPA and the league.

The story of Chris Kreider blazing a trail from Boston Colleges Chestnut Hill to a key role for the Rangers in their playoff ruin, as told by the New York Post.

Slava Voynov is a rising star for the Los Angeles Kings, and hes making his presence felt for an LA team thats impressed mightily.

Predators coach Barry Trotz comes to the defense of goaltender Pekka Rinne, and says that his defensemen need to do a better job as Nashville searches for their footing.

For something completely different: Perez Hilton looks at the most charitable stars in Hollywood.

Blidh plans to bring some energy to Bruins after call-up

Blidh plans to bring some energy to Bruins after call-up

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Anton Blidh plans on keeping things pretty straightforward on his first call-up to the NHL. 

The former sixth-round pick of the Bruins has earned his stripes at the AHL level with Providence over the last couple of seasons, and comes to Boston as a gritty, energy forward capable of stirring things up in otherwise sleepy games. There’s also a bit of offensive upside for a fourth line-type player with five goals and nine points with 22 penalty minutes and a plus-eight rating in 19 games for the P-Bruins this season. 

It remains to be seen if the Blidh call-up means that the Bruins intend to scratch a player or that somebody is questionable for Saturday afternoon’s game in Buffalo, but Patrice Bergeron did miss Friday’s practice without any real defined reason for his absence. The 21-year-old Swede said he plans to play to his strengths if he gets into the lineup for the Black and Gold, and that could mean getting under the skin of his Sabres opponents. 

“It’s my first time called up, so I’m happy,” said Blidh, who was asked what he'll bring if he gets into the lineup. “I’ll just play simple and play my own game: be hard on the puck and play with some energy. I worked hard [in Providence] and then I got some confidence. I’m not a goal-scorer, but I scored a couple of goals and got some confidence.”

Claude Julien hasn’t been able to catch up Blidh’s work since the season got started, but was pleased by the youngster’s progress in training camp, where he earned notice for his feisty, physical play on a line with Noel Acciari. 

“They said he’s playing well, so they brought him up. We’ll get to see him, hopefully tomorrow,” said Julien. “I didn’t hear a ton of fine details aside from him being a guy that was certainly playing with a lot of energy. I didn’t mind him in training camp either. He works really hard and competes hard, and we could use that.”

That would certainly be the case after watching the Bruins go through the motions for long stretches Thursday night against Carolina before essentially stealing a game that they didn’t deserve to win. 

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.