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?

Backes set to star in Animal Planet special this weekend

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Backes set to star in Animal Planet special this weekend

It’s only a coincidence that it will air the same week that the Boston Bruins went Hollywood with their annual three-game road trip through California, but David Backes and his wife Kelly are going to get some solid TV time this weekend. The animal-loving couple are going to be featured Saturday night in the all-new Animal Planet special "Stars to the Rescue," which highlights the Backes family’s excellent work to ensure every animal has a ‘furever’ home.

The lifelong animal lovers have adopted five rescue pets that all made the move from St. Louis to Boston this summer, and launched Athletes for Animals in 2013, a non-profit organization supporting professional athletes and animal advocacy efforts. The 32-year-old Backes chose a Boston animal shelter as his first setting to meet with the Boston media this summer after signing with the Bruins in free agency, and spoke glowingly about his inspiration for marrying two of his passions: helping animals and sports.

“The full story is that in college we wanted an animal or two, but it just wasn’t responsible because we were renting and the landlords didn’t approve," said Backes, the proud owner of four dogs (Maverick, Rosey, Marty and Bebe) and two cats (Sunny, Poly). "We just didn’t really have the time or resources to support them, so we volunteered at the local shelter for the three years I was in school.

“When my wife [Kelly] and I moved to St. Louis, we wanted to connect with the community, be a part and use our voice to influence social change to do our part making the world a little bit of a better place. So we said, ‘Why not connect with the animal welfare rescue community?’

“We absolutely love doing it: Walking dogs, scooping litter boxes and cleaning kennels. Let’s use our voice to kick this off and see what we can do, and it really just snowballed from that to then trying to tie other guys into it. It’s not limited to the animal stuff, but the animals that don’t have a voice, and the kids that don’t have a voice, really tug at our heart strings. We want to help them with this blessing of a great voice we’ve been given as professional athletes, and to really use that to give them some help.”

The “Stars to the Rescue” special premieres on Saturday night at 8 pm on Animal Planet where there will be a full segment on the Backes family, but here’s a clip where Backes talks about his well-publicized involvement with a number of stray dog rescues during his 2014 Olympic Hockey stint with Team USA in Sochi, Russia.

Backes isn’t the only Boston athlete featured during the Animal Planet special as it also chronicles the stories of other well-known athletes and celebrities and the dogs they can't live without: Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, Baltimore Ravens’ Ronnie Stanley, Selma Blair, ESPN Correspondent Michelle Beadle, WNBA star Elena Delle Donne, former Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield and more. From training buddies to comforting companions, “Stars to the Rescue” shows first-hand how these celebrities first met their cute rescued canines and how their dogs have impacted and transformed their lives for the better.

What we learned in Bruins' 4-1 win over Kings: Back on track

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What we learned in Bruins' 4-1 win over Kings: Back on track

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