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 after watching the Boston Celtics take a hard pass on the Boogie.
-- Bob McKenzie sits in with the good folks at TSN 1200 Ottawa sports radio and talks a little Claude Julien of the Montreal Canadiens.
-- The Avalanche youth movement is set to begin as quickly as March 1, as Colorado may move some of its veteran players at the trade deadline.
-- Ryan Johansen got snubbed in his return to Columbus for the first time as a member of the Nashville Predators. That’s too bad, but it’s also not exactly Wayne Gretzky returning to the Edmonton Oilers for the first time.
-- The price tag for Kevin Shattenkirk is in and it includes a top prospect and a first-round pick, along with another piece, for a rental defenseman. That should be far too rich for the Bruins’ blood. The B's were already intent on avoiding the rental market ahead of the trade deadline, and the steep price -- even for a potentially useful short-term acquisition like the puck-moving Shattenkirk -- should make that even more of a certainty.
-- Ken Campbell asks whether hockey agents have gone too far in chasing after prospective prospects before they even enter their teenage years.
-- Bobby Ryan has a hand injury that’s going to sideline him, another piece of bad luck for the Senators forward.
-- For something completely different: On President’s Day, it seems only natural to go through the favorite Presidents in the history of the Marvel Universe.
Highlights from the Boston Bruins 2-1 overtime win over the San Jose Sharks