BruinsFlyers: 5 from the Second

BruinsFlyers: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comPHILADELPHIA Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Flyers locked in a 1-1 tie score after the first 40 minutes of black-and-blue play at the Wells Fargo Center.1)Thats nine goals in his last 17 games for Nathan Horton, who is up to 23 goals on the season after his power play strike in the second period off a rebound in front of the net. Horton looks like he might get up to 25 goals for the season which isnt exactly what many expected of the right wing but still a respectable number in his first season of adjustments with the Boston Bruins. Love the way Horton is taking advantage of his size and strength around the net thats what the Bruins will need come playoff time.2)Much better second period from the Bruins, who started to impose themselves physically on the Flyers and take advantage of Philly when they started to go over the edge with the rough stuff. Hortons power play goal came immediate after a reckless leg-on-leg hit by Blair Betts on Chris Kelly, who appeared to be okay after getting flipped over onto the ice from the force of the hit.3)Some very good goaltending from Tim Thomas tonight as the Flyers have enjoyed some very good chances in tight against the Bs goaltender. Thomas made a great save to kick out an Andreas Nodl shot at the net as Jeff Carter was bearing down on him once the score was tied up, and appears to be locked in at this point in the game after juggling a few pucks earlier in the game.4)Once again no shots on net for Milan Lucic in 10:29 of ice time through two period. Its been at least five periods since Lucic has even put a shot on net, and thats taking a pretty big piece out of the Bruins offense when hes not firing away.5)Power play goals in three of their last four games, and it appears the Bs PP is back on track. Theyre still not consistently getting ideal puck movement each and every PP possession, but the production is needed for a team that will live and die by special teams in the playoffs.

Morning Skate: NHL passes on participating in 2018 Olympics

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Morning Skate: NHL passes on participating in 2018 Olympics

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while still digesting all of the awesome trailers and tidbits released at Comic Con in San Diego. 

*The NHL says there is no alternative regular season schedule for next season, and that any hope of participating in the Olympics is dead

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Predators just one Ryan Johansen deal away from a piece of salary cap artwork, and being able to keep everything together.  

*Clark Booth is either upset or mystified that the Bruins haven’t done anything this offseason. My good man Clark, they need to re-sign David Pastrnak and let some of their young prospects continue to grow and develop. Better that than sign another premium-priced contract to a player like David Backes or Matt Beleskey. They don’t need that at this point. And they shouldn’t panic and trade one of their good, young players either. 

*Former UMass-Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has agreed to a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets. 

*It’s a wonderful time to be a sports fan in Pittsburgh as the Penguins have been dominant, and it looks like the Steelers are in position to finish in second place behind the New England Patriots in the AFC. Well, that’s something to write home about. 

*Minnesota native Kyle Okposo opens up for the first time about a scary season-ender with the Buffalo Sabres where Illness forced him to the hospital. 

*Larry Brooks explains why the New York Rangers have short-changed Mika Zibanejad in their salary arbitration exercise. 

*For something completely different: Are you kidding me with this Stranger Things 2 trailer to Michael Jackson’s Thriller? This looks awesome. 

Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev

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Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while simply shaking my head at David Price. What a typically soft, boorish ballplayer not meant for a big market where more is expected of those wearing the Red Sox uniform.

*There are tempered expectations for rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev as he gets things going with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

*Keith Yandle believes that Dale Tallon being back in charge of the Florida Panthers is going to bring unity and solidarity to the Panthers once again.

*Kevin Shattenkirk believes that the New York Rangers are right on the cusp of challenging for a Stanley Cup title.

*Here 20 thoughts from the just-concluded Chicago Blackhawks prospect camp, where there’s some pretty strong, young talent.

*Even as the highest-paid player in the NHL, Connor McDavid is underpaid for what he brings to the table, says Ron MacLean.

*Interesting look at the Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog situation in Colorado, where both players have watched their performance fall off a bit. This is why I’d be very nervous about giving up the farm to trade for either of these players if I’m the Bruins. The jury is out on whether they’re in decline as players, or if it’s simply the mess in Colorado getting them down.  

*For something completely different: What a sweet interaction between "Wonder Woman" Gal Gadot and a young, emotional fan all decked out in WW gear.