BruinsThrashers: 5 from the Third

BruinsThrashers: 5 from the Third

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comBOSTON Here are five thoughts from the third period with the Bruins taking the Thrashers down by a 3-2 score and clinching the Northeast Division.1)Tyler Seguin back with Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly in the third period, and he responds with a bull rush through Eric Boulton toward the Atlanta net in his first shift of the period. The kid definitely responds to the motivational tactics employed by the coach.2)Blake Wheeler doing yeomans work in terms of ice time by leading all forwards, but hes got two shots on net and not much influence on the game at all. Tough reception when his career with the Bruins was lauded on the jumbotron as it was greeted by half-hearted applause and some assorted boos.3)Zach Bogosian turnovers led to scores for both Daniel Paille and Michael Ryder. I know the Bruins have had some interest in the young defenseman in potential trade scenarios, but hes really not showing much right now.4)Good game from Michael Ryder today after showing glimpses against the Maple Leafs on Thursday night. Showed a little more of an all-around game when he stripped Zach Bogosian near the blue line and moved in for a breakaway before getting hauled down for a penalty shot. Ryder roofed the penalty shot attempt to snap a 12-game goal-scoring drought and made a statement about his desire for a seat at the playoff table.5)Big third period for Tuukka Rask with 13 saves after fighting the puck early.

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks

Morning Skate: Larry Robinson parts ways with Sharks


Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while refraining from shoving any world leaders today.

*Larry Robinson and the San Jose Sharks are parting after working together for five seasons, per FOH (Friend of Haggs) Kevin Kurz.

*Speaking of Kurz, he also has a Sharks mailbag on which players are most likely to be traded out of San Jose during the offseason. Somebody has got to go, and you’d think it would be somebody without much tread left on the tires.

*Moving on to other topics, Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Kesler said that losing a Game 6 in the Western Conference Finals to the Nashville Predators was the “toughest” loss of his career. I don’t see how this is possible. You see, Kesler is no slouch at falling short. In fact, he’s a tremendous loser, having dropped a Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final at home in 2011 as a member of the Vancouver Canucks, and also having lost a Gold Medal Game for Team USA at the hands of Sidney Crosby and Canada in 2010 in overtime that was also played in Vancouver. It took a simple Google search to find an actual postgame video of Kesler crying into his hockey glove on the bench in the aftermath of Game 7 vs. the Bruins. So, pardon me if I’m not buying Kesler talking about a conference finals loss as the worst of his career when he was one home win away from being a Stanley Cup champion in Game 7, and proceeded to lose like he’s done many, many times in the most important games of his career. Dude, you’ve been through tougher losses. Trust me on that one.  

*The idea of trading Alex Ovechkin might be gaining some traction with the Capitals fan base, but it doesn’t seem to be based on reality at this point.

*The pride of Melrose, Mass, Conor Sheary, delivered in Game 7 for the Penguins as they return to the Stanley Cup Final in back-to-back seasons.

*Bobby Ryan said his strategy for success in the playoffs, at least in part, was staying off the phone. Maybe he ought to try that a bit more during the regular season.

*Congrats to the folks at NBC for another successful Red Nose Day that featured a reunion of the “Love Actually” cast among other things.