BruinsBlackhawks: 5 from the First

BruinsBlackhawks: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Blackhawks locked in a scoreless tie at the TD Garden after a fast-paced first 20 minutes.1)Bruins dominated the first period by a 12-5 shot count, but couldnt get anything past Corey Crawford. Great rebound chance for Patrice Bergeron and breakaway chance for Brad Marchand during a great start for that line, but couldnt get anything past Crawford despite some very good chances allowed by Chicago.2)Six of Bostons 12 official shots on net were from Bergeron and Marchand, who were all over the ice from beginning to end. A hard fore-check by Marchand and Bergeron is really putting pressure on the Chicago defense in the second night of back-to-back games for the Hawks. Would imagine wearing down Chicagos already weary legs is the plan heading in, but in normal hockey circumstances, failure to cash in on some of those chances can come back to bite a team later on in the game.3)Still no shots for Milan Lucic, who know hasnt had a shot on net in almost a week dating back to last Thursday nights win over the Montreal Canadiens. Lucic isnt getting into the corner and fighting to control the puck, and thats made him pretty passive shift-to-shift on his line. Its not a good look for Looch.4)Not much of a test for Tim Thomas yet in this one, but good to get him in against a quality opponent with teams like the Thrashers, Maple Leafs and Islanders coming up on their schedule. Should be Tuukka time for at least a couple of those games.5)Some very good shifts from the Shawn ThorntonDaniel PailleGregory Campbell line in the first period against the Blackhawks. I can see why Claude Julien is loathe to break them up given the way theyre providing energy and cycling pucks down low each time they get on the ice. Combine that with the occasional goal and the odd fight, and thats a fourth line simply getting their job done.

Morning Skate: Blackhawks get band back together

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Morning Skate: Blackhawks get band back together

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while knowing that nobody will ever forget the courage and zest for life that 5-year-old Red Sox fan Ari Schultz showed in his far too short life. Rest in peace, little guy.  

 *PHT writer James O’Brien has the Chicago Blackhawks adjusting to the returns of both Brandon Saad and Patrick Sharp after their short stints away from the fold. It will be really interesting to see if the Blackhawks can recreate their magic by bringing some of the past Cup pieces to the scene after last year’s disappointing end.

*Ilya Kovalchuk is primed for a return to the NHL in 2018-19 after playing one more season, an Olympic season no less, in the KHL.

*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Arpon Basu chronicling the day with the Cup in Montreal for Marc-Andre Fleury.

*Speaking of the Blackhawks, it sounds like Jonathan Toews is going to scale back on the “Captain Serious” approach to his hockey career this upcoming season.

*Vegas Golden Knights GM George McPhee is pleased with the state of his expansion team after looking at some of the pieces, and doing a little wheeling and dealing after the fact. I mean, you have to wheel and deal if you’re a hockey team in Vegas, right?

*Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar is relieved his new contract with the Winged Wheels will allow him to avoid arbitration.

*For something completely different: It remains to be seen whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but we’re completely in a culture where media entities are writing full stories about posters. Okay, I think this is a bad thing and my mind is already made up.