BruinsCanadiens: 5 from the Second

BruinsCanadiens: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comMONTREAL Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Canadiens by a 4-0 score at the Bell Centre after 40 minutes of ridiculous intensity.1)Ugly, ugly scene at the Bell Centre as Max Pacioretty is thrown head-first by Zdeno Chara into the board stanchion by the benches with 15.8 seconds to go in the first period. The review showed Paciorettys head and neck took the brunt of the collision, and the Habs forward was immobilized and taken in a stretcher off the ice. Scary scene for the Habs forward, who didnt move much at all while medical personnel worked on him on the ice. Reports from Montreal writers say that Pacioretty is conscious and moving his limbs, so good news on that front.2)Refs must have made determination that Chara was purposefully throwing Pacioretty into the dangerous stanchion as he passed that area of the ice with the puck nowhere near him. Because Chara was given a five minute major penalty and a game misconduct for what amounted to interference according to the rule book. Perhaps there was an intent to injure in there, but it appeared accidental .3)Tuukka Rask looked lost in the second period while allowing a couple of goals to the Habs, and there was no sign of Tim Thomas. Perhaps he is hurt. The goal where he flopped to his side when James Wisniewski blasted a top shelf shot off the water bottle off the top of the cage.4)Five blocked shots and an assist for Paul Mara, who talked a big game before playing tonight and has backed it up with his play.5)Thoughts and prayers for Max Pacioretty after a scary hit. He didnt appear to move or open his eyes, and the Canadiens media relations people arent giving any updates.

Backes set to star in Animal Planet special this weekend

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Backes set to star in Animal Planet special this weekend

It’s only a coincidence that it will air the same week that the Boston Bruins went Hollywood with their annual three-game road trip through California, but David Backes and his wife Kelly are going to get some solid TV time this weekend. The animal-loving couple are going to be featured Saturday night in the all-new Animal Planet special "Stars to the Rescue," which highlights the Backes family’s excellent work to ensure every animal has a ‘furever’ home.

The lifelong animal lovers have adopted five rescue pets that all made the move from St. Louis to Boston this summer, and launched Athletes for Animals in 2013, a non-profit organization supporting professional athletes and animal advocacy efforts. The 32-year-old Backes chose a Boston animal shelter as his first setting to meet with the Boston media this summer after signing with the Bruins in free agency, and spoke glowingly about his inspiration for marrying two of his passions: helping animals and sports.

“The full story is that in college we wanted an animal or two, but it just wasn’t responsible because we were renting and the landlords didn’t approve," said Backes, the proud owner of four dogs (Maverick, Rosey, Marty and Bebe) and two cats (Sunny, Poly). "We just didn’t really have the time or resources to support them, so we volunteered at the local shelter for the three years I was in school.

“When my wife [Kelly] and I moved to St. Louis, we wanted to connect with the community, be a part and use our voice to influence social change to do our part making the world a little bit of a better place. So we said, ‘Why not connect with the animal welfare rescue community?’

“We absolutely love doing it: Walking dogs, scooping litter boxes and cleaning kennels. Let’s use our voice to kick this off and see what we can do, and it really just snowballed from that to then trying to tie other guys into it. It’s not limited to the animal stuff, but the animals that don’t have a voice, and the kids that don’t have a voice, really tug at our heart strings. We want to help them with this blessing of a great voice we’ve been given as professional athletes, and to really use that to give them some help.”

The “Stars to the Rescue” special premieres on Saturday night at 8 pm on Animal Planet where there will be a full segment on the Backes family, but here’s a clip where Backes talks about his well-publicized involvement with a number of stray dog rescues during his 2014 Olympic Hockey stint with Team USA in Sochi, Russia.

Backes isn’t the only Boston athlete featured during the Animal Planet special as it also chronicles the stories of other well-known athletes and celebrities and the dogs they can't live without: Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, Baltimore Ravens’ Ronnie Stanley, Selma Blair, ESPN Correspondent Michelle Beadle, WNBA star Elena Delle Donne, former Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield and more. From training buddies to comforting companions, “Stars to the Rescue” shows first-hand how these celebrities first met their cute rescued canines and how their dogs have impacted and transformed their lives for the better.

What we learned in Bruins' 4-1 win over Kings: Back on track

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What we learned in Bruins' 4-1 win over Kings: Back on track

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