By Joe Haggerty
BOSTON Yes, the Bruins looked flat and there are plenty of Bs skaters who arent even close to their best right now.But people need to take into account a couple of things in the wake of Thursday nights loss to the Buffalo Sabres: The Bruins were coming off their seventh game in an 11-day stretch and the Bs have gone 14-6-5 since the beginning of December in a very challenging stretch.
No need to jump off a bridge given how far the team has come in the last few weeks.You have to brush off the loss, but what you have to do is show it, said Claude Julien. If we show that we can bounce back and play well then it is just one bad game. As long as we dont carry it into the next game and bring our focus, we know that its going to be tough games. Were going into some buildings where teams are battling for a playoff spot, and theyre never easy games.If Julien isnt panicking at this point, then perhaps Bruins fans shouldnt be either.On to the links: Matt Hunwick a healthy scratch for the Colorado Avalanche it was only a matter of time. A great, great story on Steve Kampfer by Kirk Luedeke of the New England Hockey Journal that takes everyone behind the scenes of his acquisition. Could there be some shenanigans with the Evgeni Nabokov waiver claim by the Detroit Red Wings? Okay, Ill admit it: I just wanted to use the word shenanigans.
Dean Lombardi wont be getting a Christmas card from the NHL game operations people anytime soon, even though hes going to be making a sizable donation to their charity of choice. This may make Bruins fans happy at the discomfort of a former savior. A good satire of the NHLs Guardian project by the Pens Blog it would have been a lot cooler if this what the real thing looked like. A few facts and figures from the Puck Daddy. A good take from Andy Strickland on David Perron taking his time and not rushing back from a concussion suffered against the San Jose Sharks.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while still digesting all of the awesome trailers and tidbits released at Comic Con in San Diego.
*The NHL says there is no alternative regular season schedule for next season, and that any hope of participating in the Olympics is dead.
*PHT writer James O’Brien has the Predators just one Ryan Johansen deal away from a piece of salary cap artwork, and being able to keep everything together.
*Clark Booth is either upset or mystified that the Bruins haven’t done anything this offseason. My good man Clark, they need to re-sign David Pastrnak and let some of their young prospects continue to grow and develop. Better that than sign another premium-priced contract to a player like David Backes or Matt Beleskey. They don’t need that at this point. And they shouldn’t panic and trade one of their good, young players either.
*Former UMass-Lowell goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has agreed to a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets.
*It’s a wonderful time to be a sports fan in Pittsburgh as the Penguins have been dominant, and it looks like the Steelers are in position to finish in second place behind the New England Patriots in the AFC. Well, that’s something to write home about.
*Minnesota native Kyle Okposo opens up for the first time about a scary season-ender with the Buffalo Sabres where Illness forced him to the hospital.
*Larry Brooks explains why the New York Rangers have short-changed Mika Zibanejad in their salary arbitration exercise.
*For something completely different: Are you kidding me with this Stranger Things 2 trailer to Michael Jackson’s Thriller? This looks awesome.
Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while simply shaking my head at David Price. What a typically soft, boorish ballplayer not meant for a big market where more is expected of those wearing the Red Sox uniform.
*There are tempered expectations for rookie defenseman Mikhail Sergachev as he gets things going with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
*Keith Yandle believes that Dale Tallon being back in charge of the Florida Panthers is going to bring unity and solidarity to the Panthers once again.
*Kevin Shattenkirk believes that the New York Rangers are right on the cusp of challenging for a Stanley Cup title.
*Here 20 thoughts from the just-concluded Chicago Blackhawks prospect camp, where there’s some pretty strong, young talent.
*Even as the highest-paid player in the NHL, Connor McDavid is underpaid for what he brings to the table, says Ron MacLean.
*Interesting look at the Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog situation in Colorado, where both players have watched their performance fall off a bit. This is why I’d be very nervous about giving up the farm to trade for either of these players if I’m the Bruins. The jury is out on whether they’re in decline as players, or if it’s simply the mess in Colorado getting them down.
*For something completely different: What a sweet interaction between "Wonder Woman" Gal Gadot and a young, emotional fan all decked out in WW gear.