BruinsCanadiens: 5 from the First

BruinsCanadiens: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts -- with a bonus --from the first period with the Bruins leading the Canadiens by a 2-0 score after the first 20 minutes of playoff-style hockey at the TD Garden.1)As theyre beginning to do in every big game this season, Patrice Bergeron, Mark Recchi and Brad Marchand are injecting themselves into the game as factors. Three shots on net for the line and the games biggest play as an ice-breaker: great puck movement by Mark Recchi and Patrice Bergeron into the offensive zone and then a perfect pass from Bergeron to Marchand rushing toward the net for the first goal. Thats Marchands sixth goal in the last nine games. Bonus points for Mike Felger sitting next to me, so I could point out exactly how Bergeron made the play happen with a brilliant, playmaking pass. 2)Some awfully juicy rebounds being opened up by Carey Price in a shaky first period. Price allowed a shot to pop straight up into the air that allowed Dennis Seidenberg to slam home the rebound after P.K. Subban missed on a swing with his stick in front of the net. Price has looked shaky, and then he drew a penalty at the end of the period when he crosschecked Milan Lucic twice in the back during a Boston PP at the end of the first.3)The two Bs goals arrived 12 seconds apart and tied the Bruins quickest goal-scoring bunch of the season. The Bs have also twice scored goals 13 seconds apart and have shown a propensity in games to ride momentum and take advantage of a team that goes back on their heels a bit after one score. Thats a good quality to have for a hockey team.4)Four shots on net and four hits by Zdeno Chara in the first period in a strong showing after Chara was the guy shoved by Max Pacioretty after the overtime collapse in Montreal the last time these two teams played. Chara is responding where it matters most: on the ice. 5)Nathan Horton is engaged and playing hard, but hes really in a battle over his hands. He had a perfect pass thrown to him by David Krejci in a 2-on-1 situation that could have buried the Habs by a 3-0 score here in the first, but Horton needed to reload the puck on his stick and allowed Price to get back into the play and make the save.6) Really like the way the Bruins are playing. Forechecking with a purpose and nobody is giving up the blue line without a fight when Montreal is breaking into the zone. That is playoff hockey.

Wednesday, Feb. 22: Talking Bruins with Ray Ferraro

Wednesday, Feb. 22: Talking Bruins with Ray Ferraro

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while getting ready for the February heat wave headed our way.

*In the interest of self-promotion, here’s a podcast I did on Tuesday talking Bruins with former Hartford Whalers great and current outstanding TSN hockey analyst Ray Ferraro, who is also a great FOH (Friend of Haggs).

*Good piece on a Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster that has already gained plenty of internet plaudits for his great, and now legendary, Nick Bonino goal call in last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs.

*It’s never too early to look at this summer’s crop of NHL draft-eligible players. Right, Kevin Allen?

*Apparently Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews has his own rap song, so he’s got that going for him…which is nice.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) and PHT writer Jason Brough has James Wisniewski trying to revive his NHL career after a short stint in the KHL.

*There’s a call for Nashville backup Juuse Saros to get more playing time between the pipes for the Predators.

*Larry Brooks brings his always interesting take to the Bruins situation in allowing Claude Julien to take the head gig in Montreal, and said it all came down to money. Big surprise there. I think there was also a concern from the B’s about having another PR nightmare on their hands if it was perceived that they stepped in and didn’t allow Julien to gain employment someplace else, regardless of what waited for him in the offseason. It also tells me that the Bruins aren’t afraid of Julien coaching their arch-rivals, which makes perfect sense since they just fired him.

*For something completely different: the image of Woody Harrelson in the Falcon cockpit is both jarring and super awesome.

 

Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

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Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

Joe Haggerty looks at a number of trade possibilities for the Bruins with the NHL deadline little more than a week away

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