Bruins douse the hot Flames, 3-1


Bruins douse the hot Flames, 3-1

By Joe Haggerty
CALGARY If there was a perfect way for the Bruins to kick off this nine-day odyssey through the Great White North, they nailed it.Tim Thomas gave the Bs brilliant goaltending after a week of rest, the Bs got one goal apiece from lineup linchpins Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand and the defense held down a torrid Flames attack in a wrinkle-free 3-1 victory at the Scotiabank Saddledome.Tuesday nights loss was only the third time in 21 games that the Flames have been left pointless at the end of regulation.The Flames got a little life when Curtis Glencross scored a power-play goal late in the third period, but thats as close as they would get. Lucic added his fifth empty-net goal of the season to ice things for the Bruins.The Bruins sucked the life out of building early in the first when their top line combined for a nifty goal. Adam McQuaid made a heads up play from the neutral zone to David Krejci, and the Bs center used a great shot fake to feed Lucic on the backdoor for his 25th goal of the season.The Krejci assist was his ninth point in the last seven games, and has quieted some of the critics that said Krejci was floating through a portion of the season.Thomas made 22 saves through the first two periods to protect the slim one-goal lead some of them workmanlike and some of them praiseworthy against Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay and the Bs got their insurance offense in the third.Patrice Bergeron fired a shot from the left side of the offensive end that Miikka Kiprusoff kicked to his right side, and Brad Marchand was in the exact right spot to fire it back for his 19th goal of the season.Joe Haggerty can be reached at Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.

*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.

*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.

*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.  

*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.

*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.

*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.

*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.