BruinsHurricanes: 5 from the Third

BruinsHurricanes: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comRALEIGH, N.C. Here are five thoughts from the third period of BruinsHurricanes with the Bruins taking a 3-2 decision over the Hurricanes at the RBC Center in the first game back from the NHL All-Star break.1)The Bruins are a plus-31 in the third period this season. The best mark for any team in any period over the course of the season. Thats a championship level number for an NHL team.2)Nine goals in his last 13 games for Patrice Bergeron. He has again taken his rightful place as the best player on this Bruins team in his long road back from the concussion three years ago. 3)First goal for Nathan Horton after a 10-game goal-scoring drought heading into the All-Star break, and you could sense how happy his teammates were for him when he buried the shot off a David Krejci pass.4)Seven shots on net, two assists and a plus-1 for Zdeno Chara in a monumental effort coming out of the All-Star break.5)Chara made plays on the offensive end, and credit the big defenseman for completely shutting down Eric Staal to the tune of one shot on net in 20 plus minutes of ice time. He was a virtual non-factor in the game and thats all about Big Zee.6)No power plays for the Bruins in the game. Interesting. They got tips and traffic in front of the net and battled pretty hard in front of Thomas, so it appears they played a very disciplined road game.

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.