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Morning Skate: Matt Duchene a Senators trade target?

Morning Skate: Matt Duchene a Senators trade target?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while the New England Patriots are already starting to churn with offseason workouts. Wow, the time is flying.

*Matt Duchene is one of the likeliest players to be traded this summer, and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman believes that the Ottawa Senators might be the team to seek him in efforts to get over the hump. This season’s playoff run could, and should, encourage them to make at least one more big move with their team.

*Sidney Crosby saying he didn’t try to throw a water bottle feels a lot like Rick James saying he didn’t kick dirt on Eddie Murphy’s couch, doesn’t it?

*New York Islanders coach Doug Weight says that putting emphasis on offseason preparation will pay dividends during the season.

*Speaking of NHL coaches, Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon lays out how their search is going for a coach. Some of their top college candidates don’t seem to be interested in taking the gig. It will be interesting to see the role that a new bench boss plays when it comes to the roster and the day-to-day deployment of players.

*Mike Milbury says that PK Subban had last night’s pile-driver to the ice coming to him courtesy of Sidney Crosby. It’s hard to disagree given the way he got in Crosby’s grill over the last few games prior to Game 5.

*Speaking of the Stanley Cup Final, it’s getting heated with the Predators CEO calling one Pittsburgh media member a “schmuck” after he attempted to portray Nashville’s crowd noise as a fraud. This kind of hatred between the two teams is setting up for a couple of pretty good final games provided this thing goes seven games.

*For something completely different: Poor Jerry Seinfeld is feeling the wrath from Kesha fans after the hug that never happened. Can’t a guy just not be interested in hugging random people when he doesn’t know who they are?


Three first period goals power Bruins to 4-2 win over Blackhawks


Three first period goals power Bruins to 4-2 win over Blackhawks

BOSTON – In their final home dress rehearsal of the preseason prior to the start of the regular season schedule at TD Garden, the Boston Bruins gave their fans plenty to cheer about.

Powered by three goals scored in the first period, the B’s took a 4-2 win over a preseason roster of Chicago Blackhawks players at the Garden to push their preseason record to 4-1-0 with a couple of exhibition games still left to be played. It was as much the players that scored as the scoring itself was the cause of excitement with Boston’s star players stepping up, and the young prospects once again demanding notice during auditions for NHL jobs.

David Pastrnak scored on a sniper shot over Corey Crawford’s glove hand just 52 seconds into the game, and Jeremy Lauzon followed 36 seconds later with a long distance blast from the left point.

Anders Bjork made it a breakout night when he stepped into a one-timer blast midway through the first while teaming up with prospective linemates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand. Brandon Saad and John Hayden pushed it back to a one-goal game midway through the second period, but a power-play strike from Bergeron in the third period gave the Bruins all the cushion they would need for victory.

Malcolm Subban got the start for the B’s between the pipes, and he was strong while stopping 24-of-26 shots that he faced, including a flurry of athletic saves in the third period that got the home crowd on its feet. Subban finished up with a strong 14 saves in the third period while helping the B’s slam the door on the Blackhawks.