Morning Skate: Thursday, January 26


Morning Skate: Thursday, January 26

The NHL players have only three players in Business Weeks Power 100 of marketable athletes, and Tim Thomas is one of them at No. 86. The magazine has an article that explores why more hockey players arent among the top 100.

Zdeno Chara is keeping his first choice a secret for tonights NHL All-Star Draft in Ottawa. Wouldnt it be a great gesture of support if Chara selects Tim Thomas with his first choice?

My favorite part about the story of Thunderbug getting canned by the Tampa Bay Lightning? Its not the first time the woman in the costume has been relieved of her mascot duties.

Lance Hornby from the Toronto Sun says that Jonas Gustavsson is the man for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Kevin Allen of USA Today says that Thursday nights draft is the best part of All-Star weekend, and hes probably correct.

Former Bruins player Craig MacTavish says that hes back in his happy place coaching Vancouvers AHL team, and removing himself from a role as TV analyst job.

For something completely different: I need to link any article where somebody uses a Dylan McKay quote from Beverly Hills 90210 to express a point about Lebron James.

HEISMAN: Lousiville's Lamar Jackson wins College Football's highest award


HEISMAN: Lousiville's Lamar Jackson wins College Football's highest award

NEW YORK -- Lamar Jackson leapt over a loaded field of Heisman Trophy contenders early in the season and by the time he slowed down nobody could catch him.

The sensational sophomore quarterback became the first Louisville player to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, beating out preseason favorite Deshaun Watson of Clemson despite some late-season struggles.

Baker Mayfield finished third and Oklahoma teammate and fellow finalist Dede Westbrook was fourth. Michigan's Jabrill Peppers was fifth.

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Bruins lose third straight with 4-1 loss to Leafs


Bruins lose third straight with 4-1 loss to Leafs

BOSTON -- The Bruins’ season has gone in extreme swings both up and down thus far through the first couple of months, and that was the case as they lost their third game in a row to the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

The Bruins couldn’t only scratch for one goal despite outshooting the Maple Leafs by a 32-20 margin, and fell by a disappointing 4-1 score to the young and talented Toronto club at TD Garden.

The Bruins never enjoyed a lead in the game against the Leafs, and were flirting with danger after failing to score in the first period despite out-shooting Toronto by an 11-2 margin in the game’s opening 20 minutes. Instead it was a David Pastrnak neutral zone turnover in the second period that was picked off by William Nylander, and ended with Auston Matthews firing a rocket over Tuukka Rask for his 12th goal of the season.

Toronto extended the lead with five minutes to go in the period when Zach Hyman tipped a wobbly Jake Gardiner point shot past Rask, and made it three games in a row that the Bruins have dug themselves a considerable hole. Brad Marchand got one goal back at the end of the second period on a nice hustle play as he sealed off Frederik Anderson’s clearing attempt and then stuffed the puck past the Leafs goalie on a second chance bid.

That’s the way the score remained until the third period when the Bruins couldn’t convert on a couple of offensive chances -- included a bang-bang shorthanded bid for Austin Czarnik in front of the net -- and then James van Riemsdyk scored in front as a Toronto power play expired. That was the backbreaker for a Black and Gold bunch that continues to scrap for goals, and has now scored two goals or less in 20 of their 20 games this season.

Connor Brown added an empty netter in the final two minutes of the game to truly put it out of reach for the Bruins.