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.

Thursday, Feb. 23: Eaves and Chewbacca? Now that's hair-raising

Thursday, Feb. 23: Eaves and Chewbacca? Now that's hair-raising

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while amazed, and alarmed, at any politician that would ever duck a town hall-style meeting with their constituents.

*Patrick Eaves had a close encounter of the hairy kind with the mighty Chewbacca during a recent visit to Disney. Let’s just say Eaves, Brent Burns and Chewie could all be from the same family tree.

*Good, long read on junior hockey scoring star Alex Debrincat, who Bruins fans will remember that Boston passed over to draft Trent Frederic at the end of the first round last summer. He’s scoring at the kind of levels that say he might be something special at the next level. Just saying.

*Wayne Gretzky jumps on the Florida Panthers telecast to chat about Jaromir Jagr, and jokes about what he’ll do if Jagr ever gets close to his NHL all-time scoring title.

*Pierre Lebrun has a list of NHL defensemen that are in demand ahead of the trade deadline, and it’s a fairly underwhelming list aside from Kevin Shattenkirk.

*If you’re looking for some good Blackhawks talk then you should check out the Blackhawks Talk podcast over at CSN Chicago.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Bob McKenzie dropped into the NBCSN studios again this past week to chat about the NHL tweaking the bye weeks moving forward after watching them play out this season.

*People getting concerned about turning budding personal NHL rivalries into another “Ovechkin vs. Crosby” is perhaps the dumbest NHL hot take I’ve ever heard. The Ovechkin/Crosby rivalry was perfectly good and anything to draw attention to the NHL and its players is also good. This is the kind of thing said by somebody that I’m sure gets more super-excited by a bar graph showing a player’s effectiveness rather than watching what they’re actually doing on the ice.

*For something completely different: A really interesting look from a random date that Carrie Fisher took to the 1978 Oscars while palling around with the young, new stars of Hollywood.

 

 

What we learned in Bruins' 5-3 loss to Ducks: Back to earth for Cassidy's crew

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What we learned in Bruins' 5-3 loss to Ducks: Back to earth for Cassidy's crew

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