BruinsLeafs: 5 from the Third

BruinsLeafs: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins knotted with the Maple Leafs at a 3-3 score at TD Garden and headed to overtime after the first 60 minutes of play.1)Not a thunderous return to the lineup for Michael Ryder, who has one shot on goal in more than 10 minutes of ice time and didnt look like he was guilty of trying to do too much out there on the ice.2)Zdeno Chara back out on the ice a few minutes into the third period after not starting the final period on the Bs bench. Im going to guess stomach problems for the Big Captain rather than anything serious, but no confirmation on that until after the game.3)Phil Kessel looks like hes over his Bruins-itis, doesnt he? Five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in his last three games against the Bruins including a pair of assists in tonights effort.4)Four shots on net, a plus-1 and a hooking penalty for Steve Kampfer during his 13 plus minutes of ice time in his first game back. He didnt try to do too many things or make any critical mistakes on the ice, so Id say hes working his way back into Claude Juliens good graces.5)Bruins are 3-10 in overtime and the shootouts as theyre headed there against the Leafs. Looks like another game-winner for Kessel written all over it, doesnt it?

WATCH: Bruins' Backes battles with Benn right after opening faceoff

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WATCH: Bruins' Backes battles with Benn right after opening faceoff

Now THIS is old-time hockey!

There's bad blood between the Bruins' David Backes and the Stars' Jamie Benn that goes back a long way, most recently in last spring's Dallas-St. Louis playoff series when Backes was still with the Blues. They met again today -- and the ungodly (hockey) hour of 11:30 a.m. Dallas time -- for a nationally televised game between Backes' new team, the Bruins, and the Stars.

And it didn't take long for the two to renew acquaintances . . .

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Two AHL teams recreate Slap Shot on the movie's anniversary

Haggerty's Morning Skate: Two AHL teams recreate Slap Shot on the movie's anniversary

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while so glad to see Dave Strader getting the play-by-play call in this afternoon’s national NBC broadcast of Stars and Bruins from Dallas.
 
-- Jeremy Roenick weighs in with some trade possibilities involving Avalanche and Blues players in what could be a blockbuster at the deadline.
 
-- Antoine Vermette acknowledges his wrongdoing in making a statement about his 10-game suspension for slashing an official, but feels like the punishment was too severe.
 
-- Don Cherry wishes a happy 40th anniversary to Slap Shot while wearing a Charleston Chiefs jersey as he hosts Coaches Corner.
 
-- Speaking of Slap Shot, what an Old Time Hockey fight between the AHL's Iowa Wild and Chicago Wolves. It spilled into the hallway afterward . . . that’s when things get real.

-- I've been asked multiple times about the white Boston hat David Pastrnak is always wearing in the Bruins dressing room, so here it is.

 -- Here’s all the Dallas Stars info you need ahead of this afternoon’s 11:30 a.m. local start in Dallas for the Stars and Bruins.

-- PHT writer Cam Tucker has Vancouver Canucks GM Jim Benning indicating that the mumps outbreak for his team won’t impact the trade deadline.
 
-- For something completely different: the headline seems a little click baity to me, but I’ll read about anything involving Homer Simpson and the Baseball Hall of Fame.