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Bruins-Canucks: Five from the second

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Bruins-Canucks: Five from the second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com Bruins Insider Follow @hackswithhaggs
VANCOUVER Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Canucks locked in a scoreless tie during Game 5 at Rogers Arena with the series tied at 2-2.1)Tanner Glass gets the best scoring chance of the game on his stick near the left post midway through the second period, and he completely fans on an open net after the cross-ice pass. Tim Thomas recovers to block that side of the net and shuts down any more attacks on the cage before holding on for a whistle. It looks like itll be a scoreless game, so that miss will loom large.2)Alex Burrows and Maxim Lapierre really giving new meaning to the terms flopper and diver tonight with the way that theyre playing this game. Burrows gets called for a dive on a face-off and his act isnt working with the refs any more when he snaps his head back or drops to the ice like a stone.3)Four shots on net, three blocked shots and nearly 19 minutes of ice time through two periods for Dennis Seidenberg. Huge player tonight and I loved seeing him slamming his stick to the ice on a power play basically telling Tomas Kaberle to move faster with his puck movement. Thats true leadership from a guy that has stepped way, way up in the playoffs.4)Tim Thomas hasnt given up a goal in over 100 minutes of hockey: 106:07 to be exact. The Bs goaltender doesnt look like hes ready to give anything up anytime soon, and the Glass fanned shot makes it appear as if the hockey gods are on his side as well. One caveat: tonights game seems like its taken on the same tone and style as the first two games played here.5)Roberto Luongo has rebounded tonight, but still no sign of the Sedin twins at all in the contest. They really are going to have a hard time living down how much they disappeared in this Stanley Cup Final unless they somehow emerge in the last seven periods of the series.6)Who no Tyler Seguin on the power play? I just dont get it. He is trusted to skate with Krejci and Lucic, but isnt trusted on the PP. Exactly 12 seconds of PP time.
Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Morning Skate: Can BU's Keller break through with Coyotes?

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Morning Skate: Can BU's Keller break through with Coyotes?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while watching the worlds of sports and politics collide this weekend.

-- Can former Boston University standout Clayton Keller become the NHL’s newest rookie sensation for the Arizona Coyotes? The skills and the skating are certainly there, but we’ll have to see if he can remain in one piece all season with a middling team around him.

-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Kris Letang returning to the Penguins on Sunday. It still blows my mind that Pittsburgh was able to win the Cup without him in its lineup last spring.

-- Speaking of the Penguins, they say they will accept the White House invitation to visit after last year’s Cup win, and offer a pretty non-committal statement about what’s going on in the other three major sports right now.

-- It was a tremendously successful opening of Little Caesar’s Arena for the Detroit Red Wings last night as they stomped the Bruins in preseason action.

-- The Maple Leafs' Nazem Kadri is out to prove that last season wasn’t a one-year wonder.

-- For something completely different: Good to see another Stoneham guy getting some accolades for a dead-on impersonation.