BruinsSenators: 5 from the Third

BruinsSenators: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comOTTAWA Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins taking a 4-2 win over the Senators at Scotiabank Place after 60 minutes of hockey between the two new look teams.1)Nine points in nine games for Nathan Horton, who looks like hes trying everything he can to get back into the hot zone he was living in earlier this season. Potting a game-winning goal on a night that looked destined for the shootout was a good way to keep that going. The two-minute penalty for holding with eight minutes to go in the game might have Claude Julien moving for the Pepto Bismol after the game is over, however.2)Great game for Tuukka Rask, who deserved a heaping amount of credit for the victory. His post-to-post butterfly save on a 2-on-1 from Alex Kovalev to Nick Foligno was a thing of beauty. Looks like the rust is off Rask, and that bodes well for resting Tim Thomas properly down the stretch and into the postseason.3)Two assists for Andrew Ference in the win. He continues to 4)Liked Claude Juliens decision to leave Tomas Kaberle out for both power play units in the third period. He should see plenty of time on the PP and be used in a specialist sort of role to get things going on both units while utilizing one of his strengths as a player. His movement with and without the puck helped set things in motion for Dennis Seidenbergs power play goal that iced the game. That was an example of the power play working exactly at the precise moment that Boston needed it to. 5)Brad Marchand has two goals tonight and is just two goals away from being a 20-goal scorer. Who would have ever thought that possible at the beginning of the season for the pesky Marchand?

Bruins sign restricted free agent Acciari to two-year deal

Bruins sign restricted free agent Acciari to two-year deal

The Bruins have locked up a potential fourth-line piece for next season at a bargain basement price.

The B's signed Rhode Island native and Providence College alum Noel Acciari, a restricted free agent, to a two-year deal worth $1.45 million, a contract that breaks down to a very affordable $725,000 cap hit for each of the next two seasons. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound bowling ball of a forward finished with two goals and five points in 29 games for the Bruins last season, and has appeared in 48 games at the NHL level over the last two seasons in Boston. It was also encouraging that Acciari seemed to be tapping a bit more into his offense toward the end of the season, and was building some confidence for whatever modest offense he’ll end up bringing to the NHL table once he’s reached his potential ceiling as a player.

Clearly the two-year, one-way deal portends that Acciari, 25, will be counted on as a high energy, hard-hitting fourth-line player who does a good job of aggravating opponents while playing at full tilt. The real question is whether his body can hold up with his maximum effort style of playing, and whether he can avoid serious injuries with some of the car-crash level of violence he puts in his hitting.

Acciari has battled several different injuries over the last couple of seasons, but managed to be healthy enough to log time in the playoffs for both Boston and the P-Bruins.

Either way it’s a low-risk, affordable contract for the Bruins for a young player who, if healthy, will be a large piece on their fourth line as a diligent worker and excellent teammate. So that’s a good proactive signing for Don Sweeney as he continues to work on a more complicated contract for a higher profile player like David Pastrnak.

Morning Skate: Not a dry eye as Canucks draftee gets the call

Morning Skate: Not a dry eye as Canucks draftee gets the call

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while getting ready to check out GLOW on Netflix.

*This video of a Vancouver Canucks draft pick tearing up while watching the video of his brother celebrating him getting picked is all that is right with the NHL Draft.  

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Adrian Dater has Avs first-round pick Cale Makar talking about his hockey background, and why it doesn’t matter.

*The Calgary Flames are excited about their prospects and the pieces they were able to acquire last weekend.

*The Washington Capitals have re-signed Brett Connolly for a couple of years at short money and he appears to have found a home in DC.

*The Chicago Blackhawks are still in talks with Marian Hossa about how to resolve his contract and the allergic skin condition that might have prematurely ended his hockey career.

*Will the Tampa Bay sports go through a dry spell when it comes to Hall of Fame athletes now that former Lighting forward Dave Andreychuk has been called to the Hockey Hall?

*It looks like young Pierre Luc Dubois will be put in a position to contribute with the Columbus Blue Jackets this season.

*Alex Prewitt has a preview of the NHL free agency period and the stress levels that many players go through in it.

*For something completely different: This video of Drake and Will Ferrell hoop handshakes was pretty solid, and funny.