BruinsAvalanche: 5 from the Third

BruinsAvalanche: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comDENVER Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins taking a 6-2 win over the Avalanche at Pepsi Center after 60 minutes of largely one-sided play in the Mile High City.1)A goal, two assists and seven shots on net for Patrice Bergeron today including a sweet goal from his knees that bounced off the skate of John Michael-Liles on its way past the goal line. Another marvelous game from the Bs best player right now.2)Ryan OByrne was routinely bad against the Bruins during his time as a Canadiens defenseman, and he was a minus-2 against the Bruins with plenty of mistakes. Michael-Liles finished as a minus-4. The Avs arent quite ready for prime time.3)Very rarely have the Bruins had all four lines going in the same game, but there was definitely some of that against the Avalanche today.4)Outstanding stops by Tim Thomas at the beginning of the third period that kept the Avalanche at bay when they had their final last gasp effort against the Bruins the exact job that a goaltender needs to perform in a game like this afternoon.5)The Bruins had only one giveaway in the entire game: thats called managing the puck and being strong on the puck. When the Bs play as they did this afternoon, they are very difficult to beat.

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.