BruinsSabres: 5 from the Third

BruinsSabres: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins and Sabres tied at a 3-3 score after the first 60 minutes of their final regular season meeting of the year and headed for overtime.1)Really active day for Zdeno Chara amid all of the pressure and speculation. Two assists, two shots on net, two hits, two blocked shots and plenty of physical play that flies in the face of all the overreacting yahoos in the city of Montreal.2)Between the boarding call on Zdeno Chara in the second period, the tripping call on Tomas Kaberle that led to a goal in the second and the tripping call that led to a 5-on-3 goal for Tim Connolly in the third period, the refs had a dogs breakfast of a game in Boston while handing the Buffalo Sabres seven power plays. Tough to discern what the message is there, but the physicality certainly wasnt that one-sided. Ian Walsh and Brad Watson having a tough time out there.3)Where has Tomas Kaberle been over the last few games? He looked smooth and offensively creative in his first few games, but there hasnt been much hint of that 5-on-5 or on the power play lately. No points in his last six games with the Bruins, and one assist in nine games with Boston and only one power play goal.4)Only one takeaway for the Bruins against a Buffalo Sabres team thats been known to be loose with the puck on occasion among a young defensemen corps. That means there wasnt a great deal of fore-checking force going on tonight with the Bruins.5)Adam McQuaid has become so adept at pinching and keeping possession in Bostons offensive zone in such a short time. Its been amazing to watch for a player that so little was expected of offensively.

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.