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?

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Morning Skate: Former PC coach Army on Avs' rough year

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Star Wars being released today. Amazing that the power and influence of the best movie franchise in cinematic history are just as strong today as it was four decades ago. I still remember my first time seeing it as a very little kid with my parents at the dearly departed Starlight Drive-In in North Reading.

*Good guy and recently fired Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army talks about a rough past season with the Avs, and some of the difficulties they faced in a truly terrible season. The former Providence College head coach and good hockey man shouldn’t have much trouble finding his next gig.

*A great move by the Arizona Coyotes, who have hired former Bruins forward Craig Cunningham as a pro scout after his awful medical situation last season that resulted in his leg getting amputated. Cunningham is a hard worker and a hockey lifer, and that’s exactly the kind of traits that the best scouts have in huge amounts.

*The New Jersey Devils have fired a number of employees after a rough season, including a groundbreaking radio analyst.

*With the ultra-competitive demand for an edge in NHL player development, teams are beginning to look to Europe for more and more diamonds in the rough. The Bruins tried that with Joonas Kemppainen, but it didn’t work out so well.

*One of the real big advantages of the Nashville Predators getting to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time is a national spotlight getting flashed on PK Subban, who shows off his personality in a rare ESPN interview of a hockey player featured on the network's magazine show.

*Ryan Johansen isn’t done talking smack to Ryan Kesler after the Predators prevailed over the Ducks, and it’s some delicious playoff hatred.

*Is the NHL ready to draft another goaltender with the last name DiPietro in the first round? Inquiring minds want to know, but I’d recommend the New York Islanders take a pass just in the name of avoiding a repeat of some bad history for them.

*Taylor Hall sounds pretty bitter about the whole “Edmonton Oilers getting into the playoff without him” thing, doesn’t he?

*For something completely different: As mentioned above, it’s a milestone birthday for the Star Wars franchise hitting 40 years old today. Boy, this Boston Globe movie review was right on the money back in 1977.