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BruinsStars: 5 from the Second

BruinsStars: 5 from the Second

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the second period with the Bruins throwing a beating on the Dallas Stars while leading 4-1 at the TD Garden after the first 40 minutes of regulation.1)As one might expect after the wildest first period of the season, things got a little ragged in the second period for the Bruins and the Stars. A bevy of penalties on both sides including 10-minute misconducts for Zdeno Chara and Steve Ott for yapping at each other after a whistle. Thats a clear win for Dallas.2)Ugly hit by Daniel Paille on Raymond Sawada in the middle of the second period that earned the winger a match penalty for a head shot in a collision that was pretty clearly ruled a blind sidelateral hit by the refs. He came at him from the side, and then finished up high with a raised elbow while barely showing any interest in playing the puck. Paille is out the game, and should be facing a suspension on a hit that only NESNs Jack Edwards could love.3)Terrible goaltender interference call on Blake Wheeler that wiped out Bostons fifth goal of the night on an Adam McQuaid bomb from the right point with Wheeler providing the screen. Everything about the play was the right way to do things down to Wheeler setting up two feet outside of the crease with no goaltender contact, but the refs still made the call and wiped out a McQuaids first goal of the season.4)Tyler Seguin showed good jump early in the game, but blew a coverage that led to the Stars only goal in the second period. For that hes managed only 3:55 of ice time in a role that continues to shrink in the dog days of the NHL season.5)The Bruins are 24-0-2 when leading a game at any point by two goals. Theyre sitting very pretty with a 4-1 lead headed into the final 20 minutes against the Stars despite Dallas calming things down a bit.

Morning Skate: Blackhawks looking for right mix on fourth line


Morning Skate: Blackhawks looking for right mix on fourth line

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading. while readying for the last home game of the preseason tonight. Boy that went by quickly.

*Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville is looking for the right mix on the fourth line for the Hawks.

*The NHL is coming late to the China party and it makes one wonder what will happen for the Winter Olympic Games set to be played there in 2022.

*PHT writer Adam Gretz has the Arizona Coyotes wanting to retire the freshly-retired Shane Doan’s number in the future.

*Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan says that the decision to accept the White House’s invitation was independent of politics. Certainly, it was, but the timing of it and the feeble statement to go along with it left a lot to be desired.

*Pierre Lebrun goes 1-on-1 with Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien to talk about his past, his present and his future behind the bench with the Habs. I had always intended to subscribe to the Athletic, and this is the article that finally got me to do it as I get to read a few moments with one of the classiest individuals in the NHL in Julien. It certainly had a few rocky moments toward the end here in Boston for Julien, but I will always respect that guy as a coach and, more importantly, as a person.  

*For something completely different: an interesting look at Alejandro Villanueva, the only Pittsburgh Steelers player, and a proud veteran, to stand outside the tunnel and on the field for the national anthem prior to the Steelers game on Sunday.


'Under the weather' Chara won't play tonight after missing two days of camp


'Under the weather' Chara won't play tonight after missing two days of camp

BRIGHTON, Mass – Zdeno Chara is one of the oldest players in the NHL at 40 and sometimes those players need a little more time to rest and recharge than the up-and-coming skaters half their age in training camp. That’s the case with Chara as he sat out practice on Monday feeling “under the weather” according to the Bruins. He didn’t skate on Sunday either and won’t play against the Chicago Blackhawks in Boston’s final home game of the preseason tonight.

Similarly, Kenny Agostino won’t be playing tonight after he suffered an upper-body injury in a victory last week over the Flyers, where the winger also scored the winning goal in overtime. Instead, a couple of young players will get further looks as Matt Grzelcyk is expected to be paired with Brandon Carlo and young Ryan Fitzgerald will get another look in the spot where a healthy Agostino might have drawn back into the lineup on Monday.

“We’re looking for [the young guys] to keep pushing, consistency and be strong on pucks as the lineups get stronger,” said Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy. “We’re getting closer to NHL lineups with most teams like us and paring down, in general. The expectation is that they’ll see that 82 times. Fitzy has been a nice surprise. I shouldn’t say surprise because I didn’t know a lot about him. But he’s done what we’ve asked, so we’ll give him another game. The Agostino injury has opened up a door as he was probably a guy that would have gone back in after [Thursday] night, has played well and is another guy we don’t know a lot about. So it’s a good opportunity for [Fitzgerald]. I thought he was ahead of some of the other [young] guys, so that’s why we put him back in.”

Here are the projected Bruins line combos and D-pairings tonight with just two more exhibition games to go before the regular season gets started: