BruinsCanadiens: 5 from the Third

BruinsCanadiens: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins taking the Canadiens by a wild 8-6 score after 60 minutes of playoff-style hockey at the TD Garden.1)Brad Marchand doing his thing tonight. Starting fights and driving the Canadiens to the point of distraction with his antics, and that prompted two Canadiens including P.K. Subban to go after him on a rush up the ice and set up Michael Ryder for Bostons seventh goal of the night. Marchand was a huge factor in tonights game.2)Anybody who wonders why Claude Julien and the Bruins coaches have so much faith in Michael Ryder need only watch a tape of tonights game for proof. Ryder shows up in big games and knows how to score goals when hes playing with somebody that can get him the puck in the right places. 3)Gregory Campbell and Brad Marchand both factors on the second power play unit in their first game playing with the man advantage. Playing gritty, screening the goalie and paying the price to score goals on a team that doesnt have enough flashy players on the man advantage. Thats the only way its going in until the Bs get a true power play quarterback.4)A goal, four assists and a plus-4 for Nathan Horton along with five shots on net, but also a pair of penalties that led to power play goals for Montreal. Horton never makes it easy to dissect his games, does he?5)Bruins continue to look like they A) understand how they need to play once the playoff arrives and B) have the kind of team thats going to be a handful in the wide open Eastern Conference. Its painful watching this team on the power play, but watch out if they land a power play quarterback like Tomas Kaberle.6) Another line brawl in the final 40 seconds with Shawn Thornton and Johnny Boychuk handing out beatdowns to a pair of Habs, and the Bruins making a very loud statement about what's coming for the final few months of the season. This was the game of the season and a defining moment for the Bruins.

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Crosby, Matthews top coaches' poll

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Crosby, Matthews top coaches' poll

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while rooting for “Manchester By the Sea” to upset some favorites at the Oscars.

*Sidney Crosby and Auston Matthews top the annual NHL coaches' poll produced by TSN Insider Bob McKenzie.

*The oral history of Fox’s glowing puck used for the NHL during their run with the league is an entertaining one.

*Mike Babcock gives pep talks to the reporters along with his own players while running the show in Toronto.

*The Vegas Golden Knights are moving forward with their timetable toward hiring a coach with some good candidates out there now, and some other ones potentially available soon. I’ve wondered if Claude Julien would be interested in that spot if he’s let go by the Bruins this season, but the one sure thing is that he wouldn’t be out of work long if he is relieved of his duties.

*Claude Giroux needs to start playing a little more fearlessly and without dwelling on mistakes, according to his general manager.

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill doesn’t believe that fancy stats and analytics have had a major impact on the way the Wings do things.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the rundown on a Millenial’s dream of performers at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game: Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony and Carly Rae Jepsen.

*For something completely different: keeping an eye on the notion that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is going to run for President.



Julien: 'The less said and the more shown' is good for Bruins right now

Julien: 'The less said and the more shown' is good for Bruins right now

BRIGHTON, Mass – Claude Julien met with the media after Tuesday’s morning skate and there was a bit of a long pause between questions at one point early in the session.

“I understand because everything that needs to be said has already been said, right?” cracked the longtime Bruins bench boss, who was in good spirits after morning skate despite the turmoil around him.

It’s clearly less about words and more about results right now for a struggling team that’s lost a season-worst four games in a row in gut-punching fashion and has fallen out of a playoff position despite teams above them, Ottawa and Toronto, holding five games in hand on them. 

The Bruins are in a freefall at the worst possible time and at this point, Julien wants to see positive action and winning results from his team rather than the empty talk with the media.

“We want to respect our game plan, execute it well and that normally helps you. We’ve been a little bit all over the place, especially in the last game,” said Julien. “That’s what we addressed yesterday, moving forward.

“I haven’t used the All-Star break as a motivation. We’re basically looking at these last two games, and what we have to do in these last two games. I think we’re well aware of what’s waiting for them after that. The players normally know when the breaks are. That’s not for us right now. I’d like to see our focus on what we need to do [against the Wings] to right the ship. We’ve talked about it a lot, and I think right now the less said, and the more shown is probably the best thing.”

With two games left until the All-Star break, one has to wonder what Julien’s fate will be if the Bruins drop both games to Detroit and Pittsburgh before the group breaks up for All-Star weekend. 

A good showing might be enough to keep Julien calling the shots for the Black and Gold down the stretch this season. But the sense is that more of the same fragile, losing efforts from the Bruins in these final two home dates, a familiar look from this group over the past three seasons, could spell doom for the winningest coach in Bruins franchise history.

One thing is for sure: Words aren’t going to do anything for Julien, and instead it’s about cold, hard results for the coach and the Bruins players who are nose-diving in the middle of the regular season.