BruinsRed Wings: 5 from the Third

BruinsRed Wings: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the third period of Bruins and Red Wings with Detroit taking a 6-1 win over the Bs after a bogus 60 minutes at TD Garden.1)People in the Bs dressing room should be keeping Tuukka Rask away from the Zakim Bridge on his mask after a performance like tonight. He was pulled in favor of Tim Thomas in the third period. The Bruins werent good in front of them, but Rask didnt do anything to stop the bleeding. Five goals allowed on 19 shots is straight up bogus.2)Brad Marchand attempts to start a fight with Patrick Eaves and get things going. But Eaves wants no part of it and Marchand gets a roughing penalty for dropping his gloves with no hint there would be a brawl. Doesnt Marchand know that Boston College players dont ever fight?3)Guess the Wings arent slumping anymore. Theres a lot to be atoned for Sunday afternoon in Motown for the Bruins. Mike Babcock didnt bag skate his slumping team over the last couple of days and it seems to have worked out well for him.4)Really bad night for Brad Marchand. A couple of giveaway and a minus-2 and nothing doing offensively, and he takes the roughing penalty in third period that helps lead to another Wings goal.5)Bruins looked like they wanted to get the Red Wings autographs rather than play a playoff-style hockey game. That needs to change the next time out.

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.