Bruins rock the Avalanche, 6-2


Bruins rock the Avalanche, 6-2

By Joe Haggerty

DENVER The Bruins needed to respond after a pancake game against the Buffalo Sabres as in flat as a pancake and they did just that in an impressive 6-2 throttling of a young, talented Colorado Avalanche bunch at Pepsi Center. Milan Lucic potted a pair of goals, Mark Recchi factored in three of the four goals and Tim Thomas was at his best in the third period as the Bs held on for dear life against the full attack of the Avs in the final 20 minutes.The Bruins fell behind early in the contest behind a fortuitous bounce off Peter Stastny in front of the Boston net, but credit Gregory Campbell with dropping the gloves and swinging the momentum of the game. Campbell fought with Cody MacLeod, and his Bruins teammates responded in a big way.Brad Marchand popped his 11th goal of the season from in front to tie the game up, and then Milan Lucic finished off a nice play from David Krejci to give Boston a lead they wouldnt surrender.Marchand made a nice Patrice Bergeron-esque play to set a Mark Recchi score in the second period, and Milan Lucic added another nice goal from the slot for his career-best 19th goal of the season.The big negative in the win: Marc Savard took a hit to the head in the second period from a Matt Hunwick check when he slammed the side of his head against the dasher between the boards and the glass. The collision took place with little more than three minutes gone in the second period, and Savard never returned after the head injury.Patrice Bergeron capped off the win with a goal from his knees midway through the third period that iced down a furious Colorado attack through the first half of the games final period.
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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.