Kelly in, Seguin out for Bruins in Game 4


Kelly in, Seguin out for Bruins in Game 4

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.comMONTREAL No surprises for the Bruins during pregame warm-ups at the Bell Centre prior to a majorly important Game Four in the seven game series.Tim Thomas and Carey Price were the first players onto the ice for the Bruins and Canadiens respectively, and Chris Kelly skated his normal reps with Rich Peverley and Michael Ryder while sporting a full face cage.Thomas is sporting a 2.36 goals against average and a .915 save percentage, but looked like he was starting to enter one of his in the zone streaks while making 14 saves in the third period of a Game Three win for Boston.Both Tyler Seguin and Shane Hnidy skated with the Bruins during warm-ups, but will be healthy scratches as Boston goes with the same lineup. Benoit Pouliot didnt even make it to the ice for warm-ups after throwing an elbow at Johnny Boychuk midway through Game Three in Montreal, and will be replaced by face-off aficionado Jeff Halpern.
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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.