Bruins-Canucks: Five thoughts from the first


Bruins-Canucks: Five thoughts from the first

By JoeHaggerty
BOSTON Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins leading the Vancouver Canucks by a 1-0 score in an important Game 4 at TD Garden with the Bs trailing 2-1 in the series.1)File this under didnt see it coming. The Canucks are 1-for-18 on the power play through the first four games of the Stanley Cup Final, and theyve looked largely ineffective on the man advantage. The Bruins are 3-for-13 thus far. Dennis Seidenberg and Ryan Kesler are battling valiantly in front of the net during the power plays, and the refs are letting a lot of stick work and crosschecks go in front of the net.2)Claude Julien is a genius. He opts for Rich Peverley on the right wing with David Krejci and Milan Lucic, and Peverleys speed allowed him to get behind Raffi Torres and beat Roberto Luongo cleanly with a shot between the Vancouver goaltenders pads for his third goal of the season.3)It looks like part of the Canucks' game plan is to physically pound Dennis Seidenberg each time he touches the puck, and try to wear him out over the course of the series given his importance. The German defenseman isnt backing down and Zdeno Chara came to his aid in one instance after Ryan Kesler and Seidenberg tangled violently in front of the net.4)Good period by Brad Marchand marred by a bogus cross-checking call at the end of the 20 minutes. Marchand finished with a couple of quality rushes to the net marked by speed and fearlessness, and just missed wide left on a rush through the neutral zone that featured a pair of nasty fakes on Vancouver defenders. He also gave Daniel Sedin the mother of all face washes at the end of one scrum in the Boston end, and then skated away as the refs approached the combatants.5)Three hits and two shots on net for Milan Lucic. Hes creating havoc and fear with his hits on the fore-check and he had a couple of really good offensive chances created in the first period. One forced a good, sprawling glove save from Roberto Luongo. Lucic is as dialed in tonight as hes been during the entire playoffs.
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Morning Skate: Pronger on his way to a GM job?

Morning Skate: Pronger on his way to a GM job?

*Chris Pronger takes a job in the front office of the Florida Panthers and wants to be a GM in the NHL someday.

*It sounds like Alex Radulov is playing contract chicken with the Montreal Canadiens while demanding pretty massive term and salary demands.

*Tampa Bay Lightning GM Steve Yzerman has a top-nine winger on his wish list after dealing away Jonathan Drouin to the Habs.

*A good look from FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jon Rosen into what the draft outlook is for the Los Angeles Kings entering this weekend.

*Ryan Strome is ecstatic about moving on from the New York Islanders and heading to the Edmonton Oilers where he’ll get a chance to fully utilize the skills that went under the radar in Brooklyn.

*Even without a high pick, the Buffalo Sabres and Jason Botterill will be making some moves at the NHL Draft.

*You want some talk about the Bruins prospects and their potential draft targets for the Black and Gold this weekend. Here’s FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kirk Luedeke on with a podcast up in Maine called the Bruins Diehards talking all of that good stuff just a couple of days ago.

*Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall is going searching for another goalie after once again deciding that Philly needs more help between the pipes. This seems to be a perpetual situation for this group, doesn’t it?

*Jeff Marek has his final 2017 NHL Mock Draft up and running, and he has St. Cloud State forward Ryan Poehling headed to Boston with the No. 18 pick.

*Apparently Linda Cohn wants to push out Gary Bettman and take over as NHL Commissioner when her contract is up with ESPN. Well, okay then.

*It was a little emotional and totally uplifting to see Denna Laing getting saluted at the NHL Awards ceremony. I’m so glad that my daughter has strong role models like Denna that show young women what courage and character are all about.

*The rumor mill is getting worked up at NHL Draft weekend, and it sounds like the Minnesota Wild are going to be busy potentially dealing Jonas Brodin, Marco Scandella or Jason Pominville in the next week or two. Certainly, the Bruins have been front and center in those discussions, but it remains to be seen if something gets done.

*For something completely different: The glowing reviews are coming in for the new Netflix series, GLOW, and it doesn’t sound like a fun concept.