BruinsSenators: 5 from the Second

BruinsSenators: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comOTTAWA Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins and Senators locked in a 1-1 tie at Scotiabank Place at the first 40 minutes of hockey between the two new look teams.1)Poor former Boston College standout Ryan Shannon, who has carved a nice NHL niche out for himself but has to film a commercial waxing poetic about Huggies on the jumbotron that comes up during each and every commercial break. He must get all kinds of hell from the rest of his Senators teammates for that stuff.2)Five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in six games for Tyler Seguin, who teamed up with Brad Marchand for Bostons only goal when he set his fellow rookie up with a lethal snapshot from the top of the right circle. Seguin still showing some pretty good compete tonight, but one thing he needs to do more from the wing position is shoot the puck.3)Had to feel good for Mass native and UNH alum Bobby Butler to flip a goal past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask after the Bs passed over the college hockey free agent when he was looking for NHL employment after college. He had a little extra jump in his leap into the boards after the goal, and gave Ottawa something to show for the hard work theyve put in during the first two periods. 4)Seven point shots for Andrew Ference and Zdeno Chara shows that the points are being active, but it also betrays a group of forwards that arent paying enough of a price in front of the net. At one point the Bruins had the Senators hemmed in with a tired group while the Bruins were able to change out, but Ference fired a shot at the Senators net with nobody around it and the gassed Ottawa defenders were able to clear the puck. The Bruins cant let opponents off the hook with boneheaded plays like that.5)Bruins are 0-for-4 on the power play with Tomas Kaberle in Black and Gold. Guess the magic touch is going to take a little time to get going, eh?

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.