BruinsRed Wings: 5 from the Second

BruinsRed Wings: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comDETROIT Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins trailing the Red Wings by a 3-2 score at Joe Louis Arena after the first 40 minutes of intense play in Motor City.1)As you would expect, Mark Stuart has played physical hockey in his return to the lineup and is breathing the kind of fire one would expect after sitting out in eight straight games as a healthy scratch. He was mean with a nasty streak in the first period and threw a big hit at the end of the second period, but theres only so much a guy like Stuart can do playing 14-16 minutes per night. 2)Tim Thomas is standing on his head blocking out the barrage of shots coming his way after the Bruins lost their snarl in the second period and were outshot 19-5 in the middle 20 minutes. Its gotten bad enough that Thomas has practically become a third defensemen in front of the Boston net clearing loose pucks away from the front of the net as the Bs defensemen are getting tied up with guys like Kris Draper, Daniel Cleary and Tomas Holmstrom plopped in front of the net. 3)Where is Milan Lucic? One shot on net, no hits and hes been a complete non-factor in a finesse, skill track meet against the Detroit Red Wings. Hes had a couple of chances to finish Wings skaters off and he hasnt done that, and this is the kind of game they need something for No. 17.4)You have to live with some rookie mistakes out of Tyler Seguin, and thats what happened when he didnt rotate defensively to cover for Dennis Seidenberg to take out Kris Draper. Instead Draper got behind Seguin in the neutral zone breakdown, and beat Thomas blocker side high with a shot in all alone.5)Adam McQuaid looked like he banged up his right hand blocking a shot at the end of the second period. The Bruins need McQuaid and the rest of the Bs to toughen up and get a little more physical as they did in the first period. Theyre getting lulled into the finesse, skill game by the Wings, and theyll lost that battle every time. A dreadful second period with no physicality by the Bs. Another one like that and the Bs will lose this game for a certainty.

Morning Skate: NHL passes on participating in 2018 Olympics

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Morning Skate: NHL passes on participating in 2018 Olympics

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while still digesting all of the awesome trailers and tidbits released at Comic Con in San Diego. 

*The NHL says there is no alternative regular season schedule for next season, and that any hope of participating in the Olympics is dead

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Predators just one Ryan Johansen deal away from a piece of salary cap artwork, and being able to keep everything together.  

*Clark Booth is either upset or mystified that the Bruins haven’t done anything this offseason. My good man Clark, they need to re-sign David Pastrnak and let some of their young prospects continue to grow and develop. Better that than sign another premium-priced contract to a player like David Backes or Matt Beleskey. They don’t need that at this point. And they shouldn’t panic and trade one of their good, young players either. 

*Former UMass-Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has agreed to a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets. 

*It’s a wonderful time to be a sports fan in Pittsburgh as the Penguins have been dominant, and it looks like the Steelers are in position to finish in second place behind the New England Patriots in the AFC. Well, that’s something to write home about. 

*Minnesota native Kyle Okposo opens up for the first time about a scary season-ender with the Buffalo Sabres where Illness forced him to the hospital. 

*Larry Brooks explains why the New York Rangers have short-changed Mika Zibanejad in their salary arbitration exercise. 

*For something completely different: Are you kidding me with this Stranger Things 2 trailer to Michael Jackson’s Thriller? This looks awesome. 

Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev

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Morning Skate: Tempered expectations for Bolts' rookie Sergachev

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while simply shaking my head at David Price. What a typically soft, boorish ballplayer not meant for a big market where more is expected of those wearing the Red Sox uniform.

*There are tempered expectations for rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev as he gets things going with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

*Keith Yandle believes that Dale Tallon being back in charge of the Florida Panthers is going to bring unity and solidarity to the Panthers once again.

*Kevin Shattenkirk believes that the New York Rangers are right on the cusp of challenging for a Stanley Cup title.

*Here 20 thoughts from the just-concluded Chicago Blackhawks prospect camp, where there’s some pretty strong, young talent.

*Even as the highest-paid player in the NHL, Connor McDavid is underpaid for what he brings to the table, says Ron MacLean.

*Interesting look at the Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog situation in Colorado, where both players have watched their performance fall off a bit. This is why I’d be very nervous about giving up the farm to trade for either of these players if I’m the Bruins. The jury is out on whether they’re in decline as players, or if it’s simply the mess in Colorado getting them down.  

*For something completely different: What a sweet interaction between "Wonder Woman" Gal Gadot and a young, emotional fan all decked out in WW gear.