BruinsDevils: 5 from the First

BruinsDevils: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Devils locked in a 1-1 tie at the TD Garden after 20 minutes of largely lopsided hockey.1)There is desperation written all over New Jerseys game tonight. They came out and walloped the Bruins with everything they had in the first period, outshooting Boston by a 16-6 margin. Ilya Kovalchuk, Travis Zajac and Patrik Elias were buzzing around the Boston net, and Tim Thomas had to be pretty sharp to keep it to only one goal for the Devils. New Jersey cant afford to lose another game or their playoff hopes are essentially over, so theyre playing exactly as they should. Wont be a cake walk for the Bruins.2)If anybody needed a play to break right for them its been Dennis Seidenberg, who has been in a prolonged funk and had the indignity of getting into a shouting match on ice with Tuukka Rask in Toronto Saturday night. He got that in the first period when Seidenberg sliced a puck through traffic, and got an assist when Shawn Thornton tipped a puck past Martin Brodeur. Big goal for Boston after getting dominated in the first period. Nine goals this season for Shawn Thornton. Thats a really big number for the Bruins enforcer.3)Bruins are really starting to slip in the penalty kill department recently, and have allowed at least one power play goal in five of their last seven games. A lot of attention is being paid on the power play, but the kill hurt the Bs again tonight. When is it a good idea to leave Ilya Kovalchuk alone in front of the net on a Devils power play? The 5-on-5 defense and the PK defense still look pretty confused at this point, and that needs to change.4)Another solid period for Tyler Seguin, who is playing with intensity and speed while looking to make plays. The raise in intensity gives you a good idea what kind of player hes going to be someday.5)A game-high three shots in the first period for Devils defenseman Mark Fayne, who has been very good with his shots from the point tonight. Fayne was exposed early and often by opponents earlier in the season, but it appears that hes turned things around like the rest of the team in Jersey.

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.