BruinsStars: 5 from the Third

BruinsStars: 5 from the Third

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

Morning Skate: Flames land Hamonic in trade with Islanders

Morning Skate: Flames land Hamonic in trade with Islanders

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while touching back down from the Windy City of Chicago.


*The Calgary Flames step away as one of the big winners in the NHL Draft weekend after securing defenseman Travis Hamonic on Day 2 of the festivities.


*Here’s a good piece on a Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick, and the lengths that hockey families will go to better their career chances.


*Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion sure sounds like a guy that’s working to try and deal Dion Phaneuf away from the Sens, doesn’t he?


*Cool story about the second round pick of the Los Angeles Kings, and a family background that is just going to become more and more commonplace as time goes by. Congrats to the family on what must have been a great weekend in Chicago.


*The Flyers are loading up on draft picks and trading some veterans, but don’t dare call it a rebuild in Philadelphia.


*Speaking of picks from Saturday’s second day of the draft, the Blue Jackets actually drafted a kid from the same hometown in the French Alps, Grenoble, as Andre the Giant. That is pretty damn noteworthy.  


*For something completely different: I’d always wondered about the backstory with the father in the Toy Story movies, and this is certainly a major bummer of a background story.

Bruins go for a defensive project late with Daniel Bukac


Bruins go for a defensive project late with Daniel Bukac

CHICAGO – The Bruins finished up their 2017 NHL Draft class with a bit of a project, but a 6-foot-5 defenseman with some great skating wheels is a pretty good way to go with a seventh round pick. The B’s nabbed Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Daniel Bukac with the 204th pick in the draft, and admitted afterward that he’s an ultra-big bodied player that could take some time in the development process.

Bruins assistant GM Scott Bradley said Boston is more than happy to be patient with Bukac given the tools that he’s working with as an 18-year-old prospect. Bukac had two goals and 17 points to go along with 38 penalty minutes in his first season in North America after coming over from the Czech Republic, and Bradley said that B’s scouts noted that he continued to improve and get comfortable as the season wore on.

"He's raw. He's a project. [He’s a] kid from the Czech Republic that played in the Western Hockey League,” said Bradley. “At the start of the year - he's come leaps and bounds with his development. Talking to the people - the coaches, the management, and the GM in Brandon, they're very excited about him coming back to Brandon. They're expecting big things from him. We look forward to seeing him in camp."

Bukac is starting to garner some good international experience after playing for the Czechs in the Under-18’s and the Ivan Hinkla Tournament, but this weekend it was all about his addition to the talented group of Bruins prospects in the hockey world.

"I'm so excited to be drafted by the Boston Bruins," said Bukac, who described himself as a solid two-way defenseman with a good first pass. "It's an awesome feeling. I'm so glad that I was drafted by Boston."