WINNIPEG The Bruins had their chances to steal a game in the third period, but for once there wasnt enough remaining in the gas tank.
The Bruins tied things up briefly in the third period, but the Winnipeg Jets took down the Bs at a loud and raucous MTS Centre while Tyler Seguin sat as a healthy scratch after missing team meetings Tuesday morning.
Both Winnipeg goals had two things in common: Joe Corvo played some phantom defense in his own end and Tuukka Rask came up empty in a spot where he could have made a big stop. The first was an Andrew Ladd scorcher in the first period after he blew past Corvo skating up the left wing a shot that beat Rask to the short side post when he couldnt close it off.
The second score came in a tied game in the third period after David Krejci was whistled off for a hit from behind on Mark Stuart, and it happened quickly. Bryan Little won the opening face-off and carried the puck through a dozing Bruins penalty kill unit before beating Rask cleanly as he uncharacteristically crumpled into a ball attempting to make the save.
In between there was a Shawn Thornton goal in the third period that gave Boston hope they could steal a road game they couldnt deserve, but alas the Bs instead lost their first game in regulation since Oct. 29 a span of 15 magical games that saw them go from the outhouse to the penthouse in the Eastern Conference.
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.