BruinsIslanders: 5 from the First

BruinsIslanders: 5 from the First

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comUNIONDALE, N.Y. Here are five thoughts from the first period of BruinsIslanders at Nassau Coliseum with the Bs leading the Isles by a 3-0 score.1)Mark Stuart was a healthy scratch tonight after playing pretty well in the last two games for the Bruins. Have to think that hes being held back because the Bruins are close to working out a deal with the Chicago Blackhawks for the Bs defenseman. Likely that Stuart would only net the Bs a draft pick in return, but its been clear for a while that the Blackhawks have been looking for a solid stay-at-home, penalty-killing defenseman, and Stuart fits that bill.2)Adam McQuaid played exactly 39 seconds of ice time in the first period and appeared to catch a punch right to the eye from Zenon Konopka that immediately swelled his eye up as he headed to the penalty box. McQuaid wasnt seen again on the ice after the fight, and there appears to be some question as to whether hell return in the game.3)Bruins outshooting the Islanders by a 15-4 margin, and it appears that the game plan against rookie goalie Nathan Lawson was to simply throw as many pucks as possible at the first-year goalie. Weird bounces and lots of real estate in the net to work with for a young goalie thats scrambling all over the crease, and the Bs are taking full advantage.4)Really good energy early in this game from Blake Wheeler, who managed to convert a Tyler Seguin pass for his 11th goal of the season and has showed some signs of putting things together again for the Bruins. Just in time to pump up Wheelers trade value a little bit as the Bs look to shed some salary.5)Good bounce back effort from the Bruins tonight with goals from three different lines (Paille, Wheeler, Recchi) and a rare strong team offensive performance from the Bruins with Tuukka Rask in between the pipes. There have been too few times Rask has been able to relax and simply stop the puck with a comfortable lead, but this looks like one of those nights.

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.