BruinsRangers: 5 from the Second

BruinsRangers: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Rangers by a 1-0 score at TD Garden after 40 competitive minutes of hockey.1)Not the most disciplined game of the year for the Bruins, who have relied on Tuukka Rask to keep them in the game after two periods as theyve stumbled their way through the post-Habs tilt. Milan Lucic took a slashing penalty on Brandon Dubinsky after getting thrown into the boards by Dan Girardi at the other end of the ice, but that actually seemed to wake the Bs up a little bit as well. Should make for an interesting third period.2)The best bids for the Bruins are coming shorthanded while killing off three power plays for the Rangers. Thats certainly one positive aspect of this game: the Boston PK looks like theyre getting some of their teeth and effectiveness back. The best chance came when Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand rushed in short-handed, but Bergeron was knocked to his knees as he went in for the shot. The bid ended up going wide right and Bergeron crashed into Henrik Lundqvist, who was a bit shaken and worked on by the trainers following the collision. No penalties on either side during the play.3)Three shots on net for Tyler Seguin in 8:59 through the first two periods. The 19-year-old honestly looks like hes playing at a different speed the way hes flying through the offensive and defensive zones without the puck. Hes tied with Dennis Seidenberg for the team lead in shots tonight.4)Still no shots for Bostons top line through two periods: that needs to change in the third if the Bruins hope to push things into overtime.5)Henrik Lundqvist has had to make only 14 saves, and many of them have been long shots from the points designed to simply put something on net and get a face-off. The Bruins need to get a lot more going in front of the net traffic-wise if theyre hoping to break the seal on the Rangers.

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks


Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.

*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.

*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.

*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.  

*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.

*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.

*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.

*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.