Bruins finally allow power-play goal after 24 straight stops


Bruins finally allow power-play goal after 24 straight stops

BOSTON -- The unthinkable happened on Tuesday night.

The Bruins allowed a goal while on the penalty kill.

Alright, so that's an exaggeration. A power-play goal isn't exactly an outrageous stat. But statistically-speaking, these Bruins simply just don't allow them.

The B's entered the game with the NHL's top penalty-killing unit, having killed off all 23 of their opposition's power plays. After killing off their first of the night in the first period of Tuesday night's 2-1 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils, the Bruins 24-straight kill streak ended, when David Clarkson re-directed a Marek Zidlicky shot from the left point midway through the second period, with 53 seconds left on a Devils power play.

The shot got by Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask, and marked the first power-play goal the Bruins have allowed all season, snapping Boston's longest season-opening penalty-kill streak since 2001-02.

"Obviously the goal they scored, Rask couldn't really prevent," said Zdeno Chara. "That was a deflection. And other than that, he had a very strong performance."

"I didn't know who it was," said Rask. "I saw it hit a shaft of a stick. I saw it all the way, but then those kind of deflections, there's nothing really you can do. It either hits you or it doesn't. And this time it went in."

The Bruins went on to kill three more penalties, and are now 27-for-28 on the penalty kill this season. So even though they've allowed one, it still remains a solid unit.

That's because of their best penalty-killer.

"When you talk about being able to win games on a consistent basis, you have to rely on your goaltender," Julien said of Rask.

"He really made the key saves at the right time and kept us in the game, and allowed us to stay in the game."

"He was the difference-maker, especially in that first period," said Chara. "He made some good saves. He was very solid."

And even though they allowed a power-play goal, the penalty-kill remains very solid.

Morning Skate: NHL passes on participating in 2018 Olympics


Morning Skate: NHL passes on participating in 2018 Olympics

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while still digesting all of the awesome trailers and tidbits released at Comic Con in San Diego. 

*The NHL says there is no alternative regular season schedule for next season, and that any hope of participating in the Olympics is dead

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Predators just one Ryan Johansen deal away from a piece of salary cap artwork, and being able to keep everything together.  

*Clark Booth is either upset or mystified that the Bruins haven’t done anything this offseason. My good man Clark, they need to re-sign David Pastrnak and let some of their young prospects continue to grow and develop. Better that than sign another premium-priced contract to a player like David Backes or Matt Beleskey. They don’t need that at this point. And they shouldn’t panic and trade one of their good, young players either. 

*Former UMass-Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has agreed to a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets. 

*It’s a wonderful time to be a sports fan in Pittsburgh as the Penguins have been dominant, and it looks like the Steelers are in position to finish in second place behind the New England Patriots in the AFC. Well, that’s something to write home about. 

*Minnesota native Kyle Okposo opens up for the first time about a scary season-ender with the Buffalo Sabres where Illness forced him to the hospital. 

*Larry Brooks explains why the New York Rangers have short-changed Mika Zibanejad in their salary arbitration exercise. 

*For something completely different: Are you kidding me with this Stranger Things 2 trailer to Michael Jackson’s Thriller? This looks awesome. 

Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev


Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while simply shaking my head at David Price. What a typically soft, boorish ballplayer not meant for a big market where more is expected of those wearing the Red Sox uniform.

*There are tempered expectations for rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev as he gets things going with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

*Keith Yandle believes that Dale Tallon being back in charge of the Florida Panthers is going to bring unity and solidarity to the Panthers once again.

*Kevin Shattenkirk believes that the New York Rangers are right on the cusp of challenging for a Stanley Cup title.

*Here 20 thoughts from the just-concluded Chicago Blackhawks prospect camp, where there’s some pretty strong, young talent.

*Even as the highest-paid player in the NHL, Connor McDavid is underpaid for what he brings to the table, says Ron MacLean.

*Interesting look at the Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog situation in Colorado, where both players have watched their performance fall off a bit. This is why I’d be very nervous about giving up the farm to trade for either of these players if I’m the Bruins. The jury is out on whether they’re in decline as players, or if it’s simply the mess in Colorado getting them down.  

*For something completely different: What a sweet interaction between "Wonder Woman" Gal Gadot and a young, emotional fan all decked out in WW gear.