Bruins-Canucks: Five thoughts from the second

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Bruins-Canucks: Five thoughts from the second

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com
BOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Vancouver Canucks by a 3-0 score in an important Game Four at TD Garden with the Bs trailing 2-1 in the series.1)The Bruins have owned the second period and outscored the Canucks by an 8-0 margin thus far in the Stanley Cup Finals. The third period was winning time for the Bruins during the regular season, but it looks like theyve found their happy time in the Cup Finals.2)Roberto Luongo continues to play low in his net and refuses to challenge the shooter, and the Bruins are beating the Canucks goaltender high to his glove side on a lot of shots. It appeared that Michael Ryders shot from the right circle might have ticked off Sami Salos stick on its way to the net, but Luongo looked weak with his glove hand as the puck wobbled underneath him. No faith in that catching hand at all. Marchand in Luongos face yapping at him at the end of the second period.3)Brad Marchand seemed to be finding himself during the first few games of the Finals, but hes all the way there tonight. A couple of good bids in the first, the mother of all face washes on Daniel Sedin and then he follows it up with a goal in the second period as Patrice Bergeron and Marchand both bust up the Vancouver breakout. Marchand has tied the Bs franchise record for goals scored by a rookie during the playoffs with his eight tallies.4)Dennis Seidenberg continues to show his might. Hes endured some punishment and he started throwing out some hits in the second period once the Bruins had built up a sizable lead. Hes got a game-high 16:28 of ice time, four registered hits and a plus-2 along with plenty of gritty toughness thus far. 5)I hate that Mike Felgers Captain Obvious stat about scoring three goals is holding form, but there it is. Credit where its completely due.
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Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

CHICAGO – Don Sweeney said the Bruins knew and expected they were going to lose one of three players in the NHL expansion draft, and it’s pretty clear it was going to be Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller or Colin Miller leaving the team. The B’s took Kevan Miller out of the equation by leaving him on the protection list after a strong season while also playing some of his best hockey in the playoffs.

That left McQuaid and Miller with each of the two D-men standing an equal chance of getting selected by the Vegas Golden Knights, and the 24-year-old puck-moving Miller going to Vegas for the time being. It remains to be seen if Miller sticks with the Golden Knights, or if there is an eventual plan to flip him elsewhere like perhaps an interested party in Toronto.

Sweeney said the Bruins didn’t want to lose a player with potential like Miller, but it’s also true that he would have been stuck behind younger, better D-men on the depth chart with Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo as better right-handed options.

“It was an interesting process to go through. It was hard at times because you felt like other teams were able to find deals to keep their team together while you felt vulnerable in that regard,” said Sweeney at the B’s team hotel in Chicago during a Thursday availability with the media. “You knew you were going to lose a good player. You knew they had targeted three players on our team that we felt they would target, and unfortunately we’re losing a good, young player.

“We thought highly of Colin. He was part of a big trade for us and we wish him well moving forward. We thank for him doing his part with the organization. We lost a good player.”

Clearly, the Bruins lost a defenseman with skills and youth on his side, but it’s also a young guy that hasn’t put it all together yet while never posting more than 16 points in each of his two seasons with the Black and Gold. Perhaps he will put together the offensive package at his next landing spot after showing flashes in Boston over the last two years, but that unknown factor while no longer being considered a prospect is the reason he didn’t find himself on the protected D list along with Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug.  

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days


The Bruins released their schedule for the 2017-18 season Thursday, with their campaign beginning at TD Garden on Oct. 5 against the Predators. 

Two things stand out in Boston’s schedule. Eleven of their final 15 games are on the road, and they don’t play the Canadiens until mid-January.  

Then, when the B’s and Habs do finally meet, they play three times in an eight-day span. The rivals face each other Jan. 13 in Montreal, Jan. 17 in Boston and Jan. 20 in Montreal. The Bruins’ final regular-season meeting with the Habs is March 3. 

To see the full schedule, click here.