Sunday, Jan. 8: Babcock not a fan of bye weeks

Sunday, Jan. 8: Babcock not a fan of bye weeks

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging out from under the snow in Boston.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Tracey Myers says the Chicago Blackhawks are looking for more consistency in the second half of the season.

*Dandy Don Cherry is looking for some changes to the way Hockey Canada runs their World Junior teams after they come up short against Team USA in this year’s tournament.

*“Sarge” Mike Riley has the preview details behind a big day of outdoor hockey at Fenway Park this afternoon. It should be a great day for hockey after we got dumped with all that snow on Saturday to make for a nice wintry Fenway setting.

*Mike Babcock doesn’t think the idea of the bye weeks in the NHL schedule has been a good one for player safety.

*Bobby Ryan was scratched from the lineup of a struggling Ottawa team without any explanation from coach Guy Boucher. Maybe he forgot how to spell intensity again?

*Andrei Vasilevskiy says that he needs “to be better mentally” after struggling along with his Lightning teammates recently.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the details behind Lucas Sbisa getting hit so hard that trainers needed to pull pieces of his helmet from off his head.

*For something completely different: a nice NBCBoston piece about the real-life local fishing boat featured in the Manchester By the Sea movie.

Bruins lay an egg in 4-0 shutout loss to Islanders


Bruins lay an egg in 4-0 shutout loss to Islanders

BOSTON -- The Bruins were due for an embarrassing no-show against a bad team after playing some pretty good hockey over the last two weeks, and it arrived on cue versus -- once again -- the New York Islanders. 

A dreadful second period by Boston allowed the Isles to coast to a 4-0 win at TD Garden Monday afternoon, giving the Metro Division's worst team its second regulation victory over the Bruins in two months. If the B's miss the playoffs by four points or less, they can look at both defeats as big reasons why they didn’t end up making the cut. 

After a scoreless first period, the Islanders broke down the B’s defense for the game's first goal. The Adam McQuaid/Torey Krug pairing was caught behind the net and David Krejci was late covering the slot as Casey Cizikas set up Nikolay Kulemin for the first of his two goals on the afternoon. 

Less than two minutes later the Islanders doubled their lead when Josh Bailey was able to sneak a bad-angle shot past Tuukka Rask to the short side. Three minutes after that, a high-risk Joe Morrow play at the offensive blue line turned into an odd-man rush for the Islanders and once again Cizikas fed Kulemin from behind the net for a goal that upped the Isles' lead to 3-0. Bruins fans serenaded the B’s players with boos as they exited for the second intermission. 

Rask was pulled after allowing three goals on 15 shots through the first 40 minutes, but that did nothing to give Boston any energy. Jason Chimera capped off the B’s bag of stink with a shorthanded Islanders goal in the third period with little resistance from a trailing group of Bruins turning in a flat performance.