Hiller, Ducks shut out punchless Bruins, 3-0

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Hiller, Ducks shut out punchless Bruins, 3-0

By Danny Picardand Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.com

BOSTON -- The Bruins improved upon Saturday nights two-shot third period, but that didnt mean pucks were going into the net Monday, as Jonas Hiller and the Anaheim Ducks shut out the B's 3-0 at the TD Garden.

Hiller made 45 saves in the win, while on the other end, the few scoring opportunities that Anaheim had, came way too easy.

The Ducks entered the third period with a 3-0 lead, while being out-shot 27-15 through the first 40 minutes. Lubomir Visnovsky opened the second by beating Thomas low-right with a shot from the high slot, after a Teemu Selanne rebound came out to the wide open Ducks defenseman.

Corey Perry added the 3-0 dagger with 4:55 left in the second, and 29 seconds left on a Bruins 5-on-4 power play.

Perry to carried the puck out from Bostons right corner and went hard to the net across the goal line, beating Thomas on a second effort that turned out to be an easy shorthanded goal.

Brandon McMillan scored the first goal of the game nearly six minutes into the first period, when he blocked his own teammates shot from the point while out front, and knocked home the loose puck.

As it turned out, that first goal would be all the Ducks needed on Monday night. GOLD STAR: Ducks sniper Teemu Selanne deserves the golden decoration after setting up a pair of goals. The Finnish sniper also pushed the physical envelope with the Bruins while boarding Steve Kampfer -- without any kind of a response from the emotionless home team at TD Garden. He completely diced up the Bruins defense on the second goal with a darting move to the middle the same middle that the Bruins basically steered clear of all night -- that ended with a puck bouncing out to Lubimor Visnovsky. The Ducks defenseman hammered the one-timer, and Selanne gave the Ducks a spark Boston was sorely lacking.BLACK EYE: No emotion from a bunch of hibernating Bruins drunk with complacency. Sloppy special teams play resulted in no momentum and a shorthanded dagger of a goal for the Ducks. No response when Teemu Selanne boarded Matt Kampfer going for a loose puck in the corner. Marc Savard attempted to lighten the burden on the Bruins coaching staff by saying the onus is on the players but the Bs dont look like a team prepared to play full, intense, emotionally-invested hockey at this point. That falls on a coaching staff that needs to find a way to start pushing some buttons on these guys before they drop out of the Top 8 in the Eastern Conference.TURNING POINT: Three Bruins players watching Corey Perry burst into the Bruins zone short-handed and get two Grade A chances at Tim Thomas before pounding the second shot past him to make it 3-0. Thats about as ugly and deflating as it gets. It ended up as a brutal second period play that pushed an embarrassing game over the top into the alarming category.BY THE NUMBERS: 0-3-1 the Bs record this season when theyve put over 40 shots on net. The Bruins finished Monday nights loss with a season-high 45 shots on goal.QUOTE TO NOTE: I'm really disappointed in our effort tonight. We need to redeem ourselves in the next game. Bruins coach Claude Julien, who finally seems to be approaching frustration at the teams uneven effort levels.

Danny Picard is on Twitter at http:twitter.comDannyPicard. You can listen to Danny on his streaming radio show I'm Just Sayin' Monday-Friday from 9-10 a.m. on CSNNE.com.
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Schaller (lower body) has resumed skating, conditioning

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Schaller (lower body) has resumed skating, conditioning

BRIGHTON, Mass – With the Bruins relatively healthy at this point, they may be getting their roster back to full health sooner rather than later.

Tim Schaller has missed the last seven games after suffering a lower body injury crashing into the boards all the way back in a March 8 win over the Detroit Red Wings. The 26-year-old has resumed skating on his own before or after regular Bruins practice in the last couple of days, but hasn’t yet rejoined the group after missing the last two plus weeks.

Bruce Cassidy indicated that there’s no timetable for his return as Riley Nash and Dominic Moore have tried out different linemates including fellow Providence College hockey alum Noel Acciari.

“He has just begun to skate,” said Cassidy. “I don’t know how far out he is. He is just starting the process of going on the ice for the conditioning part. That’s his stage of recovery.”

Schaller has been a regular staple on the fourth line for the Bruins this season with seven goals and 14 points in 58 games. His size, occasional offense and energy have allowed the New Hampshire kid to be a pleasant surprise for the Black and Gold this season. 

Morning Skate: Hart conversation changing daily

Morning Skate: Hart conversation changing daily

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while wondering if the Bruins are going to royally choke once again.

* Old friend Brett Connolly has rediscovered his game with the Washington Capitals, and been nominated for the Masterton Trophy.

* The NHLPA is considering restricting hockey player agents from contacting amateur players under 16 years old.

* PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Halford has Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk blasting Sidney Crosby as a “whiner.”

* Josh Ho-Sang was ready for battle in Pittsburgh while wearing the No. 66 uniform that is sacred in that city.

* The Hart Trophy conversation seems to change daily around the NHL as so many different players, like Brad Marchand or Nikita Kucherov, are taking runs at consideration.

* Chinese investors are looking at the NHL as somewhere they can expand their footprint and involvement in the league.

* It’s been a tough year for Patrick Sharp with the Dallas Stars after leaving the hockey nirvana that is the Chicago Blackhawks.  

* For something completely different: All kinds of interesting information is coming out about the Han Solo movie.