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: 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.