By Joe Haggerty
BOSTON Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins throwing a beating on the Dallas Stars while taking a 6-3 win at the TD Garden after 60 minutes of rock and roll regulation hockey.
1) Tyler Seguin had gone nine straight games without a goal or a point heading into tonight, but he made a big play in the third period that continues to underscore how important he can be in a Bs world without Marc Savard. He one-timed a puck past Kari Lehtonen, and more importantly coach Claude Julien showed confidence in Seguin in the third period despite a defensive breakdown that led to a goal in the second period.2) Michael Ryder ends the game as the only Bruins with a negative plusminus rating on the evening. Cue up the sad trombone music. 3) Shawn Thornton isnt able to get the assist in the final two periods for the elusive Gordie Howe hat trick hes searched his whole career for.4) Tuukka Rask appeared a little shaky in the third period after a strong first 40 minutes but unlike past games this season his teammates bailed him out with big plays in the third period.5) Patrice Bergeron just barely misses the hat trick and instead passes it off to Brad Marchand for the empty netter. Bergeron has 11 goals and 9 assists in games and leads the Bs with 13 multiple point games this season
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while spring training is ramping up in a big way down in Florida.
*The Toronto Maple Leafs are going to wear their great, green, old school St. Pat’s sweaters around St. Patrick’s Day this season.
*Jonathan Quick is on the ice and participating in hockey activity, but isn’t quite ready to return for the Los Angeles Kings.
*This is one of the best things you’ll see today with Vladimir Tarasenko making the 11th birthday celebration for a special little girl.
*The Edmonton Oilers could potentially make a lot of moves at the NHL trade deadline, and unsurprisingly, there is quite the call for them to dump Benoit Pouliot after that bad contract they signed him to a couple of years ago.
*Lyle Richardson is predicting the biggest buyers at the 2017 NHL trade deadline and the Bruins are not among the nine teams listed.
*FOH (Friend of Haggs) James Mirtle goes 1-on-1 with Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello a wide range of subjects for the Athletic up in Toronto.
*Tommy Wingels continues to fight for inclusion in hockey even as he’s gone from the San Jose Sharks to the Ottawa Senators this season.
*For something completely different: A perfect pool trick shot video will blow your mind and probably get a few pool tables ruined with people trying to recreate it.