BruinsDevils: 5 from the First

BruinsDevils: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comNEWARK Here are five thoughts from the first period with the Bruins and Devils tied at 1-1 at the Prudential Center following 20 minutes of irrelevant hockey.1)Two goals in two games for Rich Peverley, and a hot streak from Bostons third line offensive playmaker couldnt come at a better time. Peverley will be a key part of Bostons offensive attack in the postseason given the way he can attack the net and create his own offense.2)Nordiques Nation is visiting the Prudential Center today and has literally taken over the building while filling the upper balcony at New Jerseys home rink. Theyre blowing air horns, spontaneously clapping at random times during the game and generally taking over the proceedings. Just shows how much they care about getting an NHL franchise back in Quebec, and how much they really deserve a hockey team. Make it so, Bettman. My guess: the Thrashers franchise ends up in Quebec in the next couple of years.3)Adding to the Quebec intrigue, the Nordiques Nation will present Tim Thomas with his Quebec Draft Day sweater that he never received as a ninth-round pick during the 1994 draft following the game. Thats pretty cool.4)Looks like Tuukka Rask has permanently ditched that new mask he tried out in the middle of the year. Its back to the oldie but goodie.5)The Devils are all over the Bruins in a sleepy regular season finale, but the Bs are hanging in there despite the games sheer irrelevancy.

Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

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Trade targets for Bruins as they enter trade deadline season

Joe Haggerty looks at a number of trade possibilities for the Bruins with the NHL deadline little more than a week away

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Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Tuesday, Feb. 21: Leafs turning green

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.

*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.

*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.

*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.

*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.

*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.

*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.

*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.