Morning Skate 419: B's are upping the pressure

Morning Skate 419: B's are upping the pressure

By Joe Haggerty
CSNNE.comLAKE PLACID, New York Mike Cammalleri didnt want to speak too much about potential pressure heaped on the Habs if they couldnt take care of business at home against a desperate Bruins team.It was probably a wise choice.He didnt have his words used against him later in the series, and that turned out be both smart and pretty fortuitous at the same time. The Canadiens couldnt step on Bostons throat up 2-0 with a game in Montreal, and now the Bruins have new postseasonlife with momentum on their side.The Bruins were poopoo-ing the notion of momentum and pressure getting sent in the opposite direction after winning their first game of the series and instead wanted to simply get out and play Game Four after a couple of days resting and rechargingat Lake Placid's Olympic Center.We didnt play that much better last night. The start was better, but there were still turnovers that they didnt capitalize on this time around, said Andrew Ference. I think you could make the momentum argument either way. Theyre up, you know, so the pressure is always on both teams.Its on everybody to win, and thats always the way it is. The Lake Placid retreat also gives youngsters like Brad Marchand a chance to catch their breath after the first three games of the playoffs, and begin processing everything theyve experienced on and off the ice. Marchand said he was somethinglike a Super Ball bouncing off the dressing room walls between periods in Game Three while waiting to get out on the frozen sheet.Marchand was that geeked in the super-charged Bell Centre environment, and it showed on the ice.Theyre pretty crazy and right down the buzzer, said Marchand. The emotion involved is amazing. I think there was one point I couldnt even hear the coaches on the bench behind me because the crowd was so loud. You get such an adrenaline rush from the crowds in Montreal and Boston that you cant even settle down and relax. I went in the dressing room after one of the periods and I was just shaking because I could hear the fans going crazy. I just couldnt wait to get back out there. Its special.On to the links:A good piece by Bruce Arthur of the National Post about the boring, successful style employed by Jacques Martin and the Canadiens.Lou Lamoriello talks about the Zach Parise contract progress, and the desire to get something done before the New Jersey forward can start fielding offers from other teams.The big guys on San Jose are struggling right now in the postseason, and that should be a shock to absolutely nobody.The Days of YOrr boys break down the NHLs supplementary discipline decisions on a case-by-case basis.NBC, Comcast and Versus soon to be renamed announce a new 10-year deal with the NHL that is great news for the league, for the network and for, well, me.FOH (Friend of Haggs) Greg Wyshynski puts together a Jack Edwards Greatest Hits compilation from last nights Game 3 at the Bell Centre. Jack was in rare form with the action at a fever pitch, and his yelling Get up! at Roman Hamrlik becomes an instant classic.XM Home Ice sits down with Calder Trophy candidate and Carolina Hurricanes rookie Jeff Skinner, and doesnt call him the Justin Beiber of hockey even once. Good for them.Because Im in Lake Placid, it was pretty necessary to link to this video even though everybody and their mother has seen the five-year-old do the Herb Brooks speech before.FOH (Friend of Haggs) Sarah Baicker says that the Philadelphia defense is thriving and survivingwithout Chris Pronger, and is some kind of defensemen depth that the Flyers enjoy.

Morning Skate: Flames land Hamonic in trade with Islanders

Morning Skate: Flames land Hamonic in trade with Islanders

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while touching back down from the Windy City of Chicago.


*The Calgary Flames step away as one of the big winners in the NHL Draft weekend after securing defenseman Travis Hamonic on Day 2 of the festivities.


*Here’s a good piece on a Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick, and the lengths that hockey families will go to better their career chances.


*Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion sure sounds like a guy that’s working to try and deal Dion Phaneuf away from the Sens, doesn’t he?


*Cool story about the second round pick of the Los Angeles Kings, and a family background that is just going to become more and more commonplace as time goes by. Congrats to the family on what must have been a great weekend in Chicago.


*The Flyers are loading up on draft picks and trading some veterans, but don’t dare call it a rebuild in Philadelphia.


*Speaking of picks from Saturday’s second day of the draft, the Blue Jackets actually drafted a kid from the same hometown in the French Alps, Grenoble, as Andre the Giant. That is pretty damn noteworthy.  


*For something completely different: I’d always wondered about the backstory with the father in the Toy Story movies, and this is certainly a major bummer of a background story.

Bruins go for a defensive project late with Daniel Bukac


Bruins go for a defensive project late with Daniel Bukac

CHICAGO – The Bruins finished up their 2017 NHL Draft class with a bit of a project, but a 6-foot-5 defenseman with some great skating wheels is a pretty good way to go with a seventh round pick. The B’s nabbed Brandon Wheat Kings defenseman Daniel Bukac with the 204th pick in the draft, and admitted afterward that he’s an ultra-big bodied player that could take some time in the development process.

Bruins assistant GM Scott Bradley said Boston is more than happy to be patient with Bukac given the tools that he’s working with as an 18-year-old prospect. Bukac had two goals and 17 points to go along with 38 penalty minutes in his first season in North America after coming over from the Czech Republic, and Bradley said that B’s scouts noted that he continued to improve and get comfortable as the season wore on.

"He's raw. He's a project. [He’s a] kid from the Czech Republic that played in the Western Hockey League,” said Bradley. “At the start of the year - he's come leaps and bounds with his development. Talking to the people - the coaches, the management, and the GM in Brandon, they're very excited about him coming back to Brandon. They're expecting big things from him. We look forward to seeing him in camp."

Bukac is starting to garner some good international experience after playing for the Czechs in the Under-18’s and the Ivan Hinkla Tournament, but this weekend it was all about his addition to the talented group of Bruins prospects in the hockey world.

"I'm so excited to be drafted by the Boston Bruins," said Bukac, who described himself as a solid two-way defenseman with a good first pass. "It's an awesome feeling. I'm so glad that I was drafted by Boston."