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.

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Haggerty: Jacobs may not be beloved, but he's Hall of Fame-worthy

Haggerty: Jacobs may not be beloved, but he's Hall of Fame-worthy

If it was based solely on his 42 years as owner of the Boston Bruins, it might be debatable as to whether Jeremy Jacobs would have been selected to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

The Bruins have won one championship and been to a handful of Stanley Cup Finals during Jacobs' long stewardship, of course. They also enjoyed the longest running playoff streak (29 years) in NHL history, though it began before he purchased the franchise. Altogether, the B's have won one Cup, four conference championships, two Presidents' trophies, 15 division championships, and 35 Stanley Cup playoff berths during the Jacobs Era.

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But Jacobs didn't make the Hall of Fame solely on his accomplishments with the Bruins organization. He's being inducted in the "builder” category, which is defined as "coaching, managerial or executive ability, or ability in another significant off-ice role, sportsmanship, character and contributions to his or her organization or organizations and to the game of hockey in general.”  In addition to overseeing the Bruins over the last four-plus decades, he has been a power broker at the league level for just as long.

"I am flattered to be included in with this great group of 2017 inductees, and I am humbled to be included with the legends of hockey that went before me,” said Jacobs. "Owning the Boston Bruins for 42 years has been one of the most rewarding honors of my life. I am indebted to our team's leaders and players, but most of all, to our fans, for giving me a broad and deeply appreciative perspective of the game."

The 2011 Stanley Cup victory was the overriding on-ice moment in his stewardship of the team, and the Jacobs family has had a major, altruistic impact in Boston. No one should overlook the Boston Bruins Foundation, which has touched so many lives with the $28 million that's been awarded to those in need since its inception in 1993.

Unfortunately, Jacobs will always have a reputation with a large portion of the Bruins fan base that his ownership wasn't willing to spend enough for truly competitive teams. At times he was viewed as an absentee owner living in Buffalo, overseeing the team from afar while Harry Sinden ran the operation. Those fans hold that grudge even today, despite the Bruins consistently spending to the salary cap ceiling while fielding competitive teams. They view Monday's Hall of Fame announcement as something akin to Montgomery Burns being inducted into the Springfield Hall of Fame.

Cam Neely disagrees.

"As a player, I knew of Mr. Jacobs' passion for the Bruins,” said Neely, who has served as Bruins president for nearly a decade after a Hall of Fame playing career highlighted by his years in Boston. "Over the past decade while in the front office, I have seen firsthand his dedication to winning, by consistently providing the Bruins the resources that we need to compete for Stanley Cup Championships and also his unmatched commitment to growing the game of hockey."

That commitment to hockey is a key factor in Jacobs' Hall of Fame selection.

Jacobs was unanimously voted in as chairman of the NHL Board of Governors in 2007, and he's been a major driving force in each of the last couple of oft-contentious CBA negotiations. While Jacobs clearly had a hand in the cancellation of the entire 2004-05 season due to a labor dispute, and in the lockout-shortened season of 2013, those CBA negotiations ultimately led to the imposition of a salary cap and a pathway for small-market NHL teams to survive as the cost of doing hockey business continues to go up.

Without Jacobs as an often hawkish, hard-line owner, there's a chance that a team like the Western Conference champion Nashville Predators might not have been able to survive in the NHL, and it's highly doubtful they'd be able to be as competitive as they are now if teams like Toronto, New York and Chicago could outspend everybody else. So there's no denying the seismic impact that Jacobs made at the league-wide level with his leadership and commitment to growing the game, and that the NHL is better off for the battles waged in collective bargaining while he's been in a position of power.

If you polled every single Bruins fan on the street, it's unlikely he'd be a populist choice for the Hall of Fame. The lean budgetary years durinhg the playing days of Neely, Ray Bourque and others will always be part of the Spoked B history. Some will hold those grudges forever, which is part of makes us who we are as a fan base.

But faithful, rabid fans continue to stream into TD Garden, continue to spend money to support their favorite hockey team, and continue to provide the kind of support that's led to a 338-game home sellout streak. It's a sign Jacobs and Bruins ownership continue to do things very right, even if we shouldn't be scheduling any popularity contests anytime soon.

Bruins don't extend qualifying offer to Joe Morrow

Bruins don't extend qualifying offer to Joe Morrow

With free agency just around the corner, the Bruins have officially cut ties with former first-round pick and last bastion of the Tyler Seguin trade, Joe Morrow.

The 24-year-old Edmonton native arrived in Boston along with Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser in exchange for Seguin when he was shipped to Dallas, and now all of those players have moved on from Boston as well. Boston does still carry Jimmy Hayes on their roster, a player traded from Florida in exchange for Smith, as a last remnant of the Seguin deal, but it isn't expected to be too long before Hayes moves on from Boston as well.  

The B’s announced on Monday afternoon that they hadn’t extended a qualifying offer to Morrow, as well as P-Bruins power forward Colton Hargrove, as a restricted free agent, and that both B’s youngsters were now free to sign with any of the 30 NHL teams as free agents.

The Bruins extended qualifying offers to restricted free agents in Noel Acciari, Linus Arnesson, Austin Czarnik, Zane McIntyre, David Pastrnak, Tim Schaller, Ryan Spooner and Malcolm Subban, and will retain the associated team rights with all of those players. Negotiations are ongoing between the Bruins and Pastrnak continue over a long term deal that would put him in the same $6 million plus per season level as teammate Brad Marchand, but one source with knowledge of the negotiations indicated it’s “not close” to being a done deal.

Some RFA’s like Spooner and Subban might not necessarily fit into the long term plan for the Black and Gold, but they need to maintain their rights if they hope to trade them as valued assets down the line.

Morrow never put together the talent that made him a former first-round pick while he was in Boston, and totaled just one assist in 17 games for the B’s before playing well in five playoff games after getting pushed into duty due to injuries. In all Morrow finished with two goals and nine points along with a minus-8 rating in 65 games over three seasons in Boston, but could never string together an extended run of consistent play at the NHL level.

With the Bruins in the market to bring on another left-shot defenseman into the Boston fold this summer, it was pretty clear that the time had come to move on from Morrow while allowing him to potentially develop as an NHL D-man elsewhere.