BruinsPanthers: 5 from the Second

BruinsPanthers: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins leading the Panthers by a 2-0 score at the TD Garden after 40 minutes of play, and 20 minutes away from going into the All-Star break with a good feeling.1)Tim Thomas summoned up memories of Andy Moog in his prime when he threw out a double-stacked pad save on Shawn Matthias as he rushed down the slot area with a bid at the Boston net. Thomas doesnt summon the sprawling double-stack very often, but when he does its magnificent.2)Fifty-five straight sellouts for the Bruins at TD Garden. Pretty amazing when it was only just a few years ago that everyone was so disenchanted with the Bruins and the NHL coming out of the lockout. The Black and Gold have come a long way.3)No goals for Nathan Horton through two periods, but its pretty clear the work ethic, determination and hustle have all been there for the top line winger despite not getting the results. You wouldnt hear Claude Julien chewing out his forwards for more production if No. 18 skated like this all the time.4)Milan Lucic has the nice quick release when hes feeling good and confident, and everyone saw it on his 20th goal of the season directly off a David Krejci faceoff win in the Florida zone. Now Lucic will forever be known as a hard-driving power forward with 20-goal potential no matter what happens in his NHL career. Thats a pretty big deal in the world of the NHL given his other skills and physical gifts, and Lucic also said the 20 goals were one of the main things he was aiming for prior to the season.5)Michael Ryder has only two shots on net and less than 10 minutes of ice time, but I really like the way hes taking the puck hard to the net through defenders and traffic in the offensive zone. Every forward really needs to start playing that way.

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.