BruinsLeafs: 5 from the Second

BruinsLeafs: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Maple Leafs by a 3-2 score at TD Garden after the first 40 minutes of play.1)Zdeno Chara has now twice gone back to the Bs dressing room in the second period, and the second time he went down the runway with the Bruins medical personnel, so there appears to be an injury of some kind. It better not be serious because Chara is the most indispensible piece to everything the Bs hope to accomplish in the postseason.2)Milan Lucic and Jay Rosehill getting into it with a long extended bout in the second period that started with Tyler Seguin getting into a little pushing and shoving with the Maple Leafs. Pretty even match between the two tough guys and they went back in for a second go-round after they were separated following a long stretch of punches thrown at each other. Lucic might not have dropped them there if Shawn Thornton were in the lineup, but he performed the enforcer role quite well.3)Brad Marchand shows everything he brings to the table at the beginning of the second period when he knocks home his fifth short-handed goal of the year to tie things up. Marchand intercepted a weak sauce pass from Clarke MacArthur and powers to the Toronto net with MacArthur on his back for a nifty backhanded goal.4)The Bruins follow with another quick strike David Krejci goal following the Marchand shortie, and this time two quick passes from Nathan Horton and Milan Lucic set it all up. Lucics assist gives him 30 goals, 30 assists and 100 PIMs this season only the 10th player to total that in the same season since the beginning of the 2004-05 campaign.5)Speaking of Marchand, he made a golf swing motion to the Maple Leafs bench as he was headed off the ice for one of his shifts at the end of the second period. Why do I feel like were just scratching the surface with this guys on-ice personality?

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Crosby, Matthews top coaches' poll

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Crosby, Matthews top coaches' poll

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while rooting for “Manchester By the Sea” to upset some favorites at the Oscars.

*Sidney Crosby and Auston Matthews top the annual NHL coaches' poll produced by TSN Insider Bob McKenzie.

*The oral history of Fox’s glowing puck used for the NHL during their run with the league is an entertaining one.

*Mike Babcock gives pep talks to the reporters along with his own players while running the show in Toronto.

*The Vegas Golden Knights are moving forward with their timetable toward hiring a coach with some good candidates out there now, and some other ones potentially available soon. I’ve wondered if Claude Julien would be interested in that spot if he’s let go by the Bruins this season, but the one sure thing is that he wouldn’t be out of work long if he is relieved of his duties.

*Claude Giroux needs to start playing a little more fearlessly and without dwelling on mistakes, according to his general manager.

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill doesn’t believe that fancy stats and analytics have had a major impact on the way the Wings do things.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the rundown on a Millenial’s dream of performers at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game: Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony and Carly Rae Jepsen.

*For something completely different: keeping an eye on the notion that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is going to run for President.

 


 

Julien: 'The less said and the more shown' is good for Bruins right now

Julien: 'The less said and the more shown' is good for Bruins right now

BRIGHTON, Mass – Claude Julien met with the media after Tuesday’s morning skate and there was a bit of a long pause between questions at one point early in the session.

“I understand because everything that needs to be said has already been said, right?” cracked the longtime Bruins bench boss, who was in good spirits after morning skate despite the turmoil around him.

It’s clearly less about words and more about results right now for a struggling team that’s lost a season-worst four games in a row in gut-punching fashion and has fallen out of a playoff position despite teams above them, Ottawa and Toronto, holding five games in hand on them. 

The Bruins are in a freefall at the worst possible time and at this point, Julien wants to see positive action and winning results from his team rather than the empty talk with the media.

“We want to respect our game plan, execute it well and that normally helps you. We’ve been a little bit all over the place, especially in the last game,” said Julien. “That’s what we addressed yesterday, moving forward.

“I haven’t used the All-Star break as a motivation. We’re basically looking at these last two games, and what we have to do in these last two games. I think we’re well aware of what’s waiting for them after that. The players normally know when the breaks are. That’s not for us right now. I’d like to see our focus on what we need to do [against the Wings] to right the ship. We’ve talked about it a lot, and I think right now the less said, and the more shown is probably the best thing.”

With two games left until the All-Star break, one has to wonder what Julien’s fate will be if the Bruins drop both games to Detroit and Pittsburgh before the group breaks up for All-Star weekend. 

A good showing might be enough to keep Julien calling the shots for the Black and Gold down the stretch this season. But the sense is that more of the same fragile, losing efforts from the Bruins in these final two home dates, a familiar look from this group over the past three seasons, could spell doom for the winningest coach in Bruins franchise history.

One thing is for sure: Words aren’t going to do anything for Julien, and instead it’s about cold, hard results for the coach and the Bruins players who are nose-diving in the middle of the regular season.