BruinsHurricanes: 5 from the First

BruinsHurricanes: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comRALEIGH, N.C. Here are five thoughts from the first period of BruinsHurricanes with both teams locked in a scoreless tie at the RBC Center in the first game back from the NHL All-Star break.1)Not going into the books as one of Bostons best periods of hockey. The Bs were on their heels for much of the session, and took a pair of penalties without going on the power play themselves.2)Rare fight these days for Milan Lucic with Jay Harrison toward the end of the first period. No real strong punches landed either way, but perhaps thats the kind of momentum event that can snap the Bruins out of their slumber.3)The Bruins did look like they started to get their bearings toward the end of the period. Good chances for Nathan Horton, Blake Wheeler and Patrice Bergeron in the middle of the slot area, but Cam Ward looks like hes on his game just as strongly as Tim Thomas. Amazingly the Bruins still outshot Carolina by a 15-10 margin despite starting off very slowly.4)Tim Thomas made a series of big saves at the beginning of the first period during Carolinas first power play when he made three straight body and pad saves on Tuomo Ruutu and Jussi Jokinen before his helmet popped off and the refs had to whistle the play dead.5)Good jump from Steve Kampfer, who had a couple of shots on net and threw Carolina wonder body Jeff Skinner to the ice as the final buzzer sounded in the first period. It got bodies pushing and shoving on both sides, and continued to show the Bruins getting better and more involved as the period went on.6)Six shots on net for Zdeno Chara in the first period.

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks


Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.

*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.

*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.

*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.  

*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.

*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.

*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.

*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.