BruinsCanucks: 5 from the Second

BruinsCanucks: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comVANCOUVER Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena after the first 40 minutes of action.1)Andrew Ference made it through 57 games this season largely unscathed, but he was out of tonights game after the first period with a lower body injury. No details on how serious the injury is, but it has to be a concern given Ferences groin issues over the last few seasons in Boston. It seems like he cant make it through a full season without breaking down at some point. Looks like the signing of Shane Hnidy was pretty fortuitous. 2)It looked like the Bs might be two defensemen down when Johnny Boychuk took a shot off the arm while guarding the front of the Boston net. He was in clear pain as he skated back to the bench, but he was back on the ice to finish the rest of the second period.3)Physical, playoff atmosphere between the two teams. Clean, good hockey by a couple of teams with plenty of talent and only a bit more than a month to go in the regular season. Could very easily see these two hockey teams getting together again in late May for the Stanley Cup Finals if they can retain their health. Certainly a good hockey game to watch 4)Five shots on net for Nathan Horton through two periods along with Bostons only goal. Horton has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in his last four games, and really did a good job of winning a battle against Mason Raymond for the rebound in front of the net. Looks like Horton is heating up at the right time, and seven shots attempted overall for Horton and Lucic.5)Bruins have to watch Ryan Kesler in front of the Boston net as hes getting very good position when the Canucks set up in the offensive zone. That will burn them if they dont take care of it.

Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

Don Sweeney: Bruins 'lost a good player' in Colin Miller

CHICAGO – Don Sweeney said the Bruins knew and expected they were going to lose one of three players in the NHL expansion draft, and it’s pretty clear it was going to be Adam McQuaid, Kevan Miller or Colin Miller leaving the team. The B’s took Kevan Miller out of the equation by leaving him on the protection list after a strong season while also playing some of his best hockey in the playoffs.

That left McQuaid and Miller with each of the two D-men standing an equal chance of getting selected by the Vegas Golden Knights, and the 24-year-old puck-moving Miller going to Vegas for the time being. It remains to be seen if Miller sticks with the Golden Knights, or if there is an eventual plan to flip him elsewhere like perhaps an interested party in Toronto.

Sweeney said the Bruins didn’t want to lose a player with potential like Miller, but it’s also true that he would have been stuck behind younger, better D-men on the depth chart with Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo as better right-handed options.

“It was an interesting process to go through. It was hard at times because you felt like other teams were able to find deals to keep their team together while you felt vulnerable in that regard,” said Sweeney at the B’s team hotel in Chicago during a Thursday availability with the media. “You knew you were going to lose a good player. You knew they had targeted three players on our team that we felt they would target, and unfortunately we’re losing a good, young player.

“We thought highly of Colin. He was part of a big trade for us and we wish him well moving forward. We thank for him doing his part with the organization. We lost a good player.”

Clearly, the Bruins lost a defenseman with skills and youth on his side, but it’s also a young guy that hasn’t put it all together yet while never posting more than 16 points in each of his two seasons with the Black and Gold. Perhaps he will put together the offensive package at his next landing spot after showing flashes in Boston over the last two years, but that unknown factor while no longer being considered a prospect is the reason he didn’t find himself on the protected D list along with Zdeno Chara and Torey Krug.  

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days

Bruins' 2017-18 schedule has three Habs games in eight days


The Bruins released their schedule for the 2017-18 season Thursday, with their campaign beginning at TD Garden on Oct. 5 against the Predators. 

Two things stand out in Boston’s schedule. Eleven of their final 15 games are on the road, and they don’t play the Canadiens until mid-January.  

Then, when the B’s and Habs do finally meet, they play three times in an eight-day span. The rivals face each other Jan. 13 in Montreal, Jan. 17 in Boston and Jan. 20 in Montreal. The Bruins’ final regular-season meeting with the Habs is March 3. 

To see the full schedule, click here.