BruinsLightning: 5 from the Second

BruinsLightning: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Lightning locked in a 1-1 tie at the TD Garden after the first 40 minutes of playoff atmosphere at the TD Garden.1)Steve Kampfer has come back strong from getting scratched for a couple of the games by the Bruins, and responded to a mistake on the ice with a goal. His ill-advised pass off the boards turned into Eric Brewers goal for the Lightning, but he responding with his own strike from the top of the slot area minutes later. It was only Kampfers second point in the last 15 games, but perhaps a sign that hes lifting himself over the wall hed encountered lately.2)A lot of diving and dropping for calls by Tampa Bay to get Steve Stamkos and their power play out on the ice. In fact its a very Montreal-like game that the Lightning are playing tonight, and its a pretty good preview of what theyd do in a potential playoff matchup. It worked when Dominic Moore dropped to get a Nathan Horton tripping penalty, and the same thing with a Dennis Seidenberg cross-check on Blair Jones. The cross-check was legit, but Jones dropped to the ice as if hed been shot to get the whistle.3)Surprising to see Marty St. Louis stick his leg out and trip Mark Recchi on his way to the net during a cover-up and whistle in the second period. It sent Recchi spilling into the net and post, and left both teams pairing up in shoving matches afterward. Recchi was hot from the bench long afterward, and it was really unexpected from Lady Byng perennial candidate Marty St. Louis.4)The work done by Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley along the sideboards created the goal for Steve Kampfer, and both wingers got their earned assists on the goal. Thats exactly the kind of gritty grunt work that each player has been doing since they arrived, and is part of the reason why the Bruins have become that much tougher to play against. 5)Four shots on net for Dennis Seidenberg, who has been one of the players most affected in a positive fashion by the Tomas Kaberle trade. Hes been active, physical and playing some very good hockey after a slow start to the year. Once Kaberle arrived it really allowed all the rest of the Bs defensemen to slide into their proper spots.

What we learned: Bruins 2, Sharks 1

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What we learned: Bruins 2, Sharks 1

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Morning Skate: Asking price on Shattenkirk should scare off Bruins

Morning Skate: Asking price on Shattenkirk should scare off Bruins

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after watching the Boston Celtics take a hard pass on the Boogie. 
 
-- Bob McKenzie sits in with the good folks at TSN 1200 Ottawa sports radio and talks a little Claude Julien of the Montreal Canadiens

-- The Avalanche youth movement is set to begin as quickly as March 1, as Colorado may move some of its veteran players at the trade deadline. 
 
-- Ryan Johansen got snubbed in his return to Columbus for the first time as a member of the Nashville Predators. That’s too bad, but it’s also not exactly Wayne Gretzky returning to the Edmonton Oilers for the first time. 
 
-- The price tag for Kevin Shattenkirk is in and it includes a top prospect and a first-round pick, along with another piece, for a rental defenseman. That should be far too rich for the Bruins’ blood. The B's were already intent on avoiding the rental market ahead of the trade deadline, and the steep price -- even for a potentially useful short-term acquisition like the puck-moving Shattenkirk -- should make that even more of a certainty. 
 
-- Ken Campbell asks whether hockey agents have gone too far in chasing after prospective prospects before they even enter their teenage years. 

 -- Bobby Ryan has a hand injury that’s going to sideline him, another piece of bad luck for the Senators forward. 
 
-- For something completely different: On President’s Day, it seems only natural to go through the favorite Presidents in the history of the Marvel Universe.