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Morning Skate: Flames acquire Smith from Coyotes

Morning Skate: Flames acquire Smith from Coyotes

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while hoping that Danny Ainge is right about Markelle Fultz. 

 

*Interesting feature piece on the draft prospect with the most dangerous shot in the entire class, Owen Tippett. Expect this kid to be taken in the top-10 in the first round and to be scoring goals in the NHL a couple of years from now. 

 

*The Flames have acquired Mike Smith from Arizona ahead of the trade freeze, and hope that the 35-year-old goalie can bring stability between their pipes over the next handful of years. 

 

*Good piece by FOH (Friend of Haggs) Stephan Whyno on the epidemic of sports hernias in the hockey world, and how the recovery can vary wildly from player to player. Interesting to note the recovery difficulties while pointing out that Patrice Bergeron had one of those done this spring, and could be fighting it a bit when he comes back next season. We’ll have to see as the injury itself clearly took away some of his explosiveness this season. 

 

*A wild Grab Bag of topics including a crazy picture of a young Drake at an NHL Awards show long before he blew up to a superstar in the music game. 

 

*Congrats to FOH (Friend of Haggs) Craig Custance, who has kick-started “The Athletic” website for the Detroit area after leaving ESPN.com. I wouldn’t be shocked at all to see one of those pop up in Boston sooner rather than later. 

 

*Philadelphia Flyers GM Ron Hextall is cautious about the Flyers path this offseason, but the time is right for a youth movement in Philly. 

 

*Here’s a mock expansion draft that has a player taken from each team, and it’s Colin Miller that is tapped from the Bruins in this draft exercise. I’ve seen Malcolm Subban as the guy in other mock expansion drafts, but I think that is wishful thinking by the B’s as the former first round pick looks like a bust to me. 

 

*For something completely different: Here’s another chapter in the unending saga of Colin Kaepernick still looking for an NFL job. 

Kenny Agostino's OT goal lifts Bruins over Flyers

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Kenny Agostino's OT goal lifts Bruins over Flyers

BOSTON – The Bruins continued to pick up wins in the preseason by all different methods. 

On Thursday night it was a bit of an ugly, penalty-filled affair with the Flyers, but the Bruins improved to 3-0-0 in the preseason with a 2-1 overtime victory behind a Kenny Agostino breakaway goal on a nifty double-move in the extra session. 

Agostino finished with the game-winner and a couple of points after feeding Postma for his game-tying strike in the third period as well.

The Flyers took the initial lead in the third period on a seemingly innocuous play that started with Matt Grzelcyk and Paul Postma getting caught chasing the puck in transition. Travis Sanheim fired a shot from the outside of the left circle and somehow got the perimeter attempt past Tuukka Rask after he’d stopped the first 21 shots he’d faced through two periods. 

Postma made up for any miscues immediately afterward when he fired a bomb from the high point that shot that rocketed past Brian Elliott for the game-tying goal. The Postma score came immediately after Grzelcyk was stuffed on his own scoring attempt after a nice Danton Heinen feed set him up directly in front of the net. 

Otherwise Thursday night’s preseason game was about the face-off violations that slowed the game to a crawl, and the ridiculous seven slashing penalty calls made as the NHL looks to crack down on their enforcement of potentially dangerous slashing plays.