BruinsCanadiens: 5 from the Second

BruinsCanadiens: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Canadiens by a wild 6-4 score after the first 40 minutes of playoff-style hockey at the TD Garden.1)The Bruins play their best hockey when theyre physically engaged, and it would be an understatement to put them in that category tonight. A line brawl in the second period that featured Carey Price and Tim Thomas squaring off at center ice in a goalie fight punctuated a lot of bad blood between the teams. It all started when Brad Marchand hit Steve Wisniewski on an icing call behind the Montreal net and then all heck broke loose. Six Bruins in the penalty box when it was all said and done. Most enjoyable moment was watching Zdeno Chara look for Max Pacioretty and go straight for the Montreal rookie after Pacioretty shoved in Montreal after scoring the overtime game-winner last month.2)Zach Hamill making plays and he set up Michael Ryder on one of the second period goals. An assist and a plus-1 in seven minutes, and he honestly is having more of a factor in both ends than Tyler Seguin has in quite some time.3)Three assists for Nathan Horton, who has had an up-and-down game but looks engaged and involved tonight. Four shots on net, three assists and a plus-3 in 10 minutes of action.4)Tim Thomas looking a little shaky, but it doesnt really matter much in a rock em, sock em hockey game like is taking place tonight. Twenty saves and four goals allowed for the Tank.5)Adam McQuaid with his first goal of the season on a blast from the high slot area after the Bruins scraped and scrapped for a puck by winning battles in front of the Montreal net. The Bruins looked determined to send a message to Montreal tonight, and theyre doing just that.

Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

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Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

The Washington Capitals remain on top, but it's time to recognize the Red Wings' 25-year playoff streak that will come to an end this spring.

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Saturday, Feb. 25: Shea Theodore waits for his time with Ducks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while giving two thumbs up to The Lego Batman Movie after a screening with my 3 1/2 year old.

*Alex Prewitt has a profile on Anaheim defenseman prospect Shea Theodore as he waits for his time with the Ducks.

*The Vancouver Canucks have a mumps problem this season, and we continue to wonder why this is becoming an issue again in a first-world society.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough has Patrick Eaves dealt to the Ducks for what could be first round pick if Anaheim advances far enough through the playoffs.

*Flyers GM Ron Hextall says that Philly’s young team won’t be buying ahead of next week’s NHL trade deadline.

*Along with his “Sutter-isms”, diversity is a family value for the Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter.

*Dave Strader gets back into the broadcast booth with the Dallas Stars, and will be a welcomed addition to the national NBC broadcast of Bruins/Stars on Sunday afternoon.

*As cold as he was earlier in the season, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist is heating up now for the Blueshirts.

*For something completely different: Brie Larson is already prepping for her role as Captain Marvel by stepping up her game as an influence for positive change among her Hollywood peers.