BOSTON -- Its too bad the Bruins couldnt find a way to get through this first round series against the Washington Capitals.<br><br>The Bs could have been looking at a manageable, weakened opponent like the Ottawa Senators in the next round, and they would have had a skilled young player in Tyler Seguin that was finally starting to come around. The 20-year-old potted his second goal in as many playoff games during Wednesday nights 2-1 loss in Game against the Washington Capitals in Game 7, and provided the only real offensive energy for the Bs in a tired, flat defeat at the hands of underdog Washington.<br><br><img src="commonglobal_imagesblog_divider.png">With last year obviously winning it and all you feel lucky and fortunate. But you dont really grasp the whole worth of the Stanley Cup, said Seguin who lead both teams with seven shots on net and numerous scoring chances during Game 7. I think more and more you get to learn and losing here, we definitely get a new feeling.<br><br>Seguins goal was a thing of blue collar beauty as he fought through Washington defenseman Karl Alzner and John Carlson to get to a Johnny Boychuk shot that had trickled through Braden Holtbys pads before settling in the blue paint. Seguin barreled through both Washington defenders before flipping the loose puck in the back of the net.<br><br>I tried going in front of the net and I actually fell in front of Johnny Boychuk's shot, said Seguin. I kind of saw the puck laying there so I just dove in and whacked it with my stick.<br><br>Its the exact kind of grit and willingness to engage in one-on-one battles that those around the Bruins team have been waiting for to see in the youngsters developing offensive game. The humble pie served up when Bostons leading scorer during the regular season had been shut down in the first five games of the series will be exactly the kind of motivational burn Seguin is looking for while getting ready for next season.<br><br>I think the more games you play in playoffs the more experience youre going to gain, the more confidence and composure youre going to have for the next time it happens,: said Seguin. I look forward to next year.<br><br>That goes double for everybody around the Bruins organization thats looking for another big leap next season for a talented 20-year-old that tripled his point output from last season and became the youngest player in franchise history to lead the team with 29 goals scored.<br><br>Whats left to wonder is what kind of encore the ridiculously talented forward is capable of this early in his career, and how hungry an unlikely first round exit will make the premium hockey talent next season.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while anxiously awaiting a Cleveland/Chicago Cubs World Series showdown with all of the Red Sox subplots that could be involved.
*A peewee hockey coach in Quebec has been given a season-long suspension for punishing his players with hundreds of push-ups.
*The NHL game has changed radically over the last 11 years as Henrik Lundqvist has been a fixture for the New York Rangers.
*A lot has changed since Jaromir Jagr scored his first goal in 1990 and this article is worth it for the Jagr mullet picture alone.
*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough says that a healthy Brandon Sutter has been a difference-maker for the Canucks.
*Carey Price is back in net for the Montreal Canadiens, and that makes the Habs a new team as they prepare for the Bruins on Saturday.
*This is what it looks like when you’ve completely given up on just about everything else except for being a hockey fan. So very gross.
BRIGHTON, Mass. – Tuukka Rask has been outstanding through his first three games this season after stumbling out of the gate last year. The .947 save percentage and sub 2.00 GAA are all the more impressive for Rask when also accounting for a lower body issue that’s been nagging at him since the opening night win a little more than a week ago.
Rask stopped 28 of 29 shots against the New Jersey Devils Thursday night in a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden, but it was also clear on a couple of stops that he was feeling discomfort in his lower half as he extended into the full butterfly.
That was confirmed by Rask following the win when he admitted he was dealing with “something” after the game, and by his absence from the practice ice at Warrior Ice Arena on Friday morning.
“Uh-huh. There’s always a little something-something,” said a smirking Rask, when asked if he’s playing through something physically.
Instead, Babson College goalie coach Mike Ronan was called into emergency duty, and took the practice ice along with Bruins backup netminder Anton Khudobin.
Claude Julien said following practice that Rask was dealing with the same “general soreness” that last week pushed him out of a scheduled start against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it’s uncertain whether he will make the start against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.
“The general soreness he had last week is still there,” said Julien. “[The medical staff] will see tomorrow how he's doing.”
Rask also missed a Bruins practice with soreness last Friday in Toronto, and wasn’t able to play the next night in the loss to the Maple Leafs. Injuries aside, Rask has been brilliant against both New Jersey and Winnipeg and was solid over the final 40 minutes against the Blue Jackets in an opening night win to start the season.
“Tuukka was outstanding in Winnipeg and he was good again [vs. New Jersey],” said Julien. “So, there are no issues with Tuukka. I think he’s giving us the hockey and the goaltending that we are looking for.”
Well, maybe there is one slight “issue with Tuukka” if a nagging lower body issue starts keeping him out of Bruins games and practices on the regular.
Here are the line combos and D-pairings at Friday practice: